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Yes, we know this is an unpleasant sight. But this whole war was very unpleasant - especially for the men who had to fight it. So don't complain if we confront you with their reality.

This is a French medical picture, made on March 31, 1918. The dead man is a French soldier of the 99th Infantry Regt., who was killed by German mustard gas. The gas not only burned his lungs and intoxicated him, but also tore his skin apart.

The photograph is an autochrome color picture. This photocolor process was invented in the beginning of the 20th century by the Lumière brothers. We have 250 color pictures from the Great War: many of these original autochromes and others artificially tinted.

vierkantje The War Picture of the Week is an extraordinary photograph, painting or drawing, showing unusual detail or an different view. We have an ARCHIVE with recent choices.


English flag  The Heritage of the Great War has articles mainly in English; some are in Dutch (Flemish) only. We also show the literary war (poetry & prose), political cartoons and many photo slideshows.

Dutch flag  De Erfenis van de Groote Oorlog heeft vooral artikelen in het Engels; sommige zijn alleen in het Nederlands. We tonen ook de literaire oorlog (poëzie & proza), politieke prenten en veel foto-albums.

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This website is dedicated to the events and consequences of World War One.
We put some emphasis on unorthodox and thought-provoking points of view. We are averse to historicism and military fetishism.
And we show people rather than strategic plans or statistics.

To this end this website features one of the most extensive and explicit WW-1 photo collections on the Internet.

“People are machines of forgetfulness” (Henri Barbusse, soldier, author of Le Feu, 1917)

Click here to go to the students sectionWe have special sections for English and Dutch speaking students, where they will find help with their papers or essays on the Great War 1914-1918.

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  Questions, Opinions or Ideas about the Great War ? Join the English-language  — recommended!

  Vragen, meningen of ideeën over de Groote Oorlog ? Ga naar het Nederlandstalige  — aanbevolen!

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bullet NEW:  Extraordinary war pictures

bullet 250 color pictures of WW I

bullet Gruesome: 50 graphic war pictures

bullet Kid-Soldiers in the Great War (50 pics)

bullet About fifty rare German war pictures

bullet Pics by Mad Photographer Frank Hurley

bullet Neverending: Fresh graves in Flanders

bullet Amazing paintings by Mary Riter Hamilton

French war cinematographer - Click for war picture slides show

bullet Pictures of the Gallipoli campaign

bullet The Americans in the War in 50 pics

bullet How Germans worship the dead Kaiser

bullet War Loves: romantic color postcards

bullet Feared telegrams and messages

bullet Albert Hahn's political war cartoons

bullet Miscellaneous war pics & paintings

Any use of copyrighted images, music or texts on this website is accidental, and any such material will be promptly removed upon notification from the copyright holder. ( Click here to read our own liberal copyright policy. )

Click to see the literary section in the Index on the leftThe Literary War      

We consider Le Feu (Under Fire) by the French soldier Henri Barbusse the best war novel published during the entire Great War. Read it here online (English translation) balletje Pluck by Eva Dobell balletje The making of In Flanders Fields by John McCrae balletje Tourists on High Wood by Philip Johnstone balletje Revisiting The Road to La Bassée by Bernard Newman and Harold Arpthorp balletje Five Souls by W.N. Ewer balletje The Hero by Siegfried Sassoon balletje On Passing the New Menin Gate by Siegfried Sassoon balletje Suicide in the Trenches by Siegfried Sassoon balletje Aftermath by Siegfried Sassoon balletje The Quiet by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson balletje Aussies in Pozieres and Passchendale by Oscar Walters balletje Sarcasm: Christmas on the Somme by Leslie George Rub balletje J.R.R. Tolkien and the Passage through the Marshes balletje A Natural History of the Dead by Ernest Hemingway balletje The Gardener by Rudyard Kipling balletje  UPDATED : Great War Books (now more than 80 complete books on the First World War !)

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Click for war quotes   While you surf this website you can listen to some music from the Great War. Make your choice from the midi-files in our Music Box in the table of contents on the left.
Click for more music   We also have an article with more Music from the Great War to download, including 1914-1918 originals (MP3's, WAV's, Real Audio etc). Happy listening!

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Bullet There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity. Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene. Bullet (American author and WW 1-veteran Ernest Hemingway in A Farewell to Arms)

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