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. A free gateway for your own research since 1996. Dig in! Chris Baker

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Research a soldier

Find out 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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Research the army

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

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Research the battles

Which battles and engagements did the British army fight? Find out what and when, who took part and what happened.

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Explore the battlefields

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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