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Urgent diplomatic intercepts follow: ...St. Petersburg, July 29, 1914, 1:00 A.M. - Czar Nicholas II to Kaiser Wilhelm II: "I foresee that very soon I shall be overwhelmed by the pressure forced upon me and be forced to take extreme measures which will lead to war. Nicky"... ...Berlin, July 30, 1914, 1:20 A.M. - Kaiser Wilhelm II to Czar Nicholas II: "The whole weight of the decision lies solely on your shoulders now, [you] have to bear the responsibility for Peace or War. Willy"... 

An Internet History of The Great War

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"Ypres, Christmas, 1917" by Gilbert Holliday
From the ? WWI Collection at Swedish University
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"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 
Have a Happy and Safe 
Holiday Season 

Click here to visit the Christmas in the Trenches page. 

Quick Notes for Visitors

  • Attention Pacific Rim visitors: You will get better performance using the Trenches Singapore Mirror site. This site provided courtesy of ? MirrorS (Mirror Sites for Education)
  • Don't fret if the first couple of pages tend to load slowly. Once the standard set of icons/images has been cached by your browser, you'll be clipping right along. Of course, a 28.8 modem does not hurt things either.
  • If you are a Netscape 2.0 (or better) or a Microsoft Internet Explorer 2.0 (or better) user and saw the Diplomatic Teletype above, you might want to ? view the entire set of Willy-Nicky telegrams.
  • Netscape 3.0 is now available. It's the best yet and offers VRML support. If you've got the time it's worth it. Be sure to get the complete 3.0 package. 



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 I do then kick me (kiddin' ya mate, an e-mail would do just fine). 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. 

So pack up your troubles and let's go over there!

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.
What's new and what's planned for the Trenches
Veteran visitors should go directly here.
Selected Tours of this Web Site
Theme based guided tours for new visitors in a hurry to get started.
WWI Discussion Forum
Stop by and put in your two cents (francs, pfennigs, tuppence, etc...) worth!
Very New Features
Gallipoli Then and Now
Thomas A. Edison: Unorthodox Submarine Hunter
Big Guns of the Great War
1870-1914: The Austro-Italian Naval Race
British Trench Warfare 1917-1918
The Organization of the German Army, 1914-1918
Relatively New Features
Casualty Rates - 1914-1918
Swavesey and the Great War Part V: George Norman
Swavesey and the Great War Part I: Photo Supplement
ANZAC: Dig Deep Down for Old Diggers
President Thomas Woodrow Wilson
Rank Insignia of the German Army, 1914-1918
The German Stalhelm, M1916
Jack London on the Great War
The 1914 German Iron Cross
Latin America in WWI
Other Items of Interest
Trenches Help
Tips for getting around in this cyberspace "no-man's-land".
? The Great War Society
Contains articles and offers research assistance.



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