Project Description

1914-1918-online – International Encyclopedia of the First World War is an English-language online reference work on World War One. Launched in October 2014, the multi-perspective, public-access encyclopedia is a collaborative project by the largest network of WW1 researchers worldwide, spanning more than 50 countries. 1914-1918-online features innovative navigation and search functions based on semantic wiki technology and will eventually contain more than 1,000 articles.

Article contribution: Life and Death of Soldiers


While public memory of the First World War in Europe often focusses on the deaths caused by the conflict, soldiers who served not only died in the war; they also lived. That process of living included work, leisure, care for body and mind and contending with the fact of mass death and dying. This article considers primarily how soldiers in the British, French, German and American armed forces lived during and with the war as reflected in letters, diaries and memoirs. It argues that remembering the lives of soldiers is as important as commemorating their deaths.

Authors: Jessica Meyer, Chris Kempshall, and Markus Pöhlmann 

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