“To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, we are launching a new interactive online map: First World War: A global view. Using official records of the First World War from our collection, the map shows the global impact of the conflict.
You can see countries, territories and empires as they were during wartime alongside a map of the present day for comparison. This first release focuses on the involvement of countries and territories from across the British Empire during wartime. For each of these, you can read about key events, historical figures and lesser known stories from the war. There are also images and links to our records held here at The National Archives.
Over the next four years, the map will be expanded to include Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, Africa and Asia. When complete it will offer a truly global view of the First World War.
First World War: A global view is part of The National Archives’ centenary programme – First World War 100 – which spans a five-year period from June 2014 to June 2019.