Imperial War Museum photograph Q1795. With thanks. "Soldiers pose by piles of salvage, ammunition and equipment retrieved from the battlefield near Bapaume, January 1917". Photographer Lieut. Ernest Brooks.

Welcome to the Long, Long Trail!

I am very pleased to welcome you to the Long, Long Trail, my site dedicated to helping you discover the British army and its soldiers of the First World War. Dig in!

Chris Baker

Researching soldiers



How to research a soldier's story. Understand their life in the army. Find out where they went and how they fought.
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Researching the Army



Histories of regiments, units and formations; regulations and how the army worked; technicalities explained.Click for more

Researching the Battles



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.Click for more

Battlefields and legacy


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