World War I

Trenches on the Web
An Internet History of The Great War

Honoring Our Founder, Michael Iavarone

Somme Battlefield Diorama, Australian War Memorial
Facts are mere accessories to the truth, and we do not invite to our hearth the guest who can only remind us that on such a day we suffered calamity. Still less welcome is he who would make a Roman holiday of our misfortunes. Exaggeration of what was monstrous is quickly recognised as a sign of egotism, and that contrarious symptom of the same disease which pretends that what is accepted as monstrous was really little more than normal is equally unwelcome.

Max Plowman from Subaltern on the Somme

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You are at the "Trenches" Home Page. These pages contain information on the people, places, and events that comprised one of the worst calamities of modern history. Entire kingdoms were to vanish in the clash. The map makers of the world would be busy indeed!

This is an evolving project. New material is being added on a constant basis. Please do not be offended if the topic you are looking for is not here. It does not mean that it has been overlooked, it just means that I have not gotten that far yet. So if you don't find what you are looking for today, be sure and drop by again tomorrow.

The trenches are set up in such a way as to allow you to explore the "The Great War" at your own pace and in your own manner. If you don't know where to start then the Reference Library is a good bet. It is a complete catalog of everything out here. Then again, if you know what you are looking for, you can go right to the search facility (although I'd hate to think you're in a hurry to get out of here).

I promise not to editorialize. If you feel I have, drop me a line by clicking here. I'm just the trench-keeper around here (a history technician, not a historian, recording these events with the tools currently available). Unlike World War II, there were no clear cut lines of good and evil, so it will be up to you to draw your own conclusions from the facts presented here.

Fokker DR.I

I have recently changed the structure of the Trenches. Listed below are the major starting points for visitors as well as new features. Please go to the new Reference Library for a visual representation of this site.
Good Starting Points
Reference Library
New visitors should report here. Now includes Site-Map.
Selected Tours of this Web Site
Theme based guided tours for new visitors in a hurry to get started.
1914-1918 Super Search Facility
Access the Very Best First World War Sites & Resources on the Net. Portal
Our "command post" gives your access to our newletter, The St. Mihiel Trip-Wire, award-winning Doughboy Center website, blog Roads to the Great War, monthly full-color magazine, Over the Top, and information our Centennial Battlefield Tours program


While every attempt has been made to ensure that the information presented here is accurate, let's face it, accidents and typos happen. Be aware that should you come to grievous bodily harm as a result of the information presented here, or worse yet, you get a World War I question wrong on Final Jeopardy, just remember you were warned so we won't be held accountable.