Personal experiences from World War 1

The First World War Personal Experiences is a digital resource for students and researchers of history that brings to life the reality of the First World War for the men and women who experienced it first-hand. By Rosemary Miller 


Including a wide range of original documents (diaries, letters, personal narratives, trench journals, scrapbooks, objects and a trove of visual resources), the database provides a rich seam of information on the personal experiences of war. It is designed for both teaching and study, from undergraduate to research and beyond.

Supplementing these primary sources is a wealth of secondary resources including interactive maps, 360° panoramas and walk-throughs of the Sanctuary Wood Trench System. Subjects covered include daily life and routines in the army and auxiliary services; trench warfare and conditions in the trenches; food and suppliers; battles and warfare; training and discipline; weapons and equipment; camaraderies and friendship; death; health and medicine; and thoughts on the enemy. 

The First World War Personal Experiences is one of many resources in History available to staff and students at Monash. Visit the History Library guide or the Australian Studies Library guide for links to further resources including primary narratives from the World War 1 and many other eras.
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