In August 1914, a German military aircraft on a reconnaissance flight was brought down by French artillery near Bertrix, Belgium. The pilot died; his observer survived to tell the story. But how much truth did his tale contain?

Do you want to find out more about your family member who served in the German Imperial Army and died during World War I? Here is a list of free sources to help you get started with your research.


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Postcard depicting an officers’ casino during World War I. Courtesy of Mick/Grobby on the Great War Forum.

During World War I, women knitted millions of socks for soldiers at the front. The task of ensuring the quality of these socks fell to organizations such as the Red Cross. To guarantee a “perfect standard of sock for our boys,” they faced more challenges than you might realize.

What happens when you need tires but lack the rubber with which to make them? Here’s a look at how life changed in Germany during World War I when the country was prevented from importing “black gold.”

A car in Germany with “Eisenreifen”— steel tires — during World War I. From Der Weltkrieg in Bildern und Dokumenten by Hans F. Helmolt.

Given the lack of audio recordings from the battlefield, we can’t really know. But in correspondence from the front, German soldiers did their best to transcribe the “hellish music” of war for their families at home.


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