Welcome to the Long, Long Trail

A site all about the soldiers, units, regiments and battles of the British Army of the First World War, and how to research and understand them.


Volunteers, conscripts. Gunners, Sappers, Donkey Wallopers and the Footsloggers of the PBI! Research them. Understand their life in the army. Find out where they went and how they fought.


Regiments, Divisions, Corps, Orders of Battle, Units, Regulations and how the army actually worked. The bewildering technicalities of Britain's largest-ever organisation all explained.More


The British Army fought in numerous theatres of war during WW1, and in each of them a number of battles and engagements took place. Find out what and when, who took part and what happened.More


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Battlefields and legacy

Where were the battlefields of the Great War? What are they like today? What is the best way of visiting them?