Selected Timelines & Maps on the First World War

Websites with Timelines and Maps


Websites with Timelines

Institution: OmniAtlas, free interactive historical atlas

OmniAtlas provides interactive timelines with accompanying maps portraying World War I. The timelines and maps show the main events of the conflict on a global scale with a short description of each event.



Institution: 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War

The International Encyclopedia of the First World War, an English-language virtual reference work on the First World War, based at the Free University of Berlin and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich and funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) has created a vibrant, informative interactive timeline illustrating key events of the First World War with primary documents and artistic depictions of battles, treaties, and life on the home front.



Institution: Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

The Library of Congress has created a streamlined, navigable timeline with entries documenting all of the key events of the First World War. Illustrated with contemporary artwork and publications. This timeline allows students to scroll through a concise, coherent chronology of one of the most complicated, yet crucial conflicts of the twentieth century.



Institution: World Digital Library by the Library of Congress, Washington D.C., and

In partnership with the Library of Congress and UNESCO, the World Digital Library has compiled dozens of primary documents and photographs to create an illustrated, interactive timeline of the First World War. Propaganda posters, Arab language newspapers, military publications, and photographs taken within and of the actual conflicts throughout multiple battle sites combined in a timeline to create a realistic and compelling learning tool for students of the Great War.



Websites with Maps

Institution: United States Military Academy, Westpoint, NY

On this website created and maintained by military history experts at the United States Military Academy at Westpoint, New York, students have free access to a collection of maps illustrating the major battles of World War I. The website also allows users to download individual maps as PDFs.



Institution: Vox, by Zack Beauchamp, Timothy B. Lee and Matthew Yglesias

These forty maps with explaining comments, provided by three senior correspondents working for the online newspaper Vox, explain the conflict of World War I—why it started, how the Allies won, and why the world has never been the same.



Institution: The National Archive, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom

This website allows students to explore the global impact of the First World War through an interactive map, which highlights key events and figures in countries from Aden to Zanzibar. Drawn directly from records at The British National Archives, the map goes beyond the trenches of the Western Front and shows how the war affected different parts of the world. The First World War: A Global View is part of the First World War 100 Programme, which currently focuses on the contributions of countries and territories from the British Empire and Europe in 1914. The National Archive will continue to develop the map over the next three years, to show more countries and territories across the Middle East, the Americas, Africa and Asia.



Institution: The Map as History, Images et Savoirs

The Map as History, provided by a team of French historians, is committed to innovating the way students learn about  history. The team uses a series of animated maps to bring history to life, often focusing on a single region to illustrate developments over time. They also create timelines to further clarify and contextualize historical progress. To date, the team has published over 230 animated maps. The varied series permits to learn about many regions—from the Americas, to India, to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. One conflict exensively explored is World War I. The series of twenty maps is available also in French and Spanish and includes a free preview of one animated map: “Europe Plunges into War.”



Institution: Pritzker Military Museum & Library, Chicago, IL

The mission of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library is to acquire and maintain an accessible collection of materials and to develop appropriate programs focusing on the citizen soldier in the preservation of democracy. They provide an interactive website on World War I, which combines maps with comments, documents and brief videos.