Explore the Great War: online resources

Explore the museum’s collections


Aside from the extensive collections and vast subject matter, it has a portfolio entirely devoted to the First World War.
The Great War (in french) collection takes visitors into the First World War with a selection of 24 star pieces from the museum's collections.
It presents the many facets of the Great War in France and to a certain extent, Europe and the world: the terrible technical innovations in weaponry, the suffering of millions of mobilised soldiers, the involvement of the general public, the internationalisation of the battle and its toll on human life.

In addition to The Great War portfolio, item descriptions enable you to explore and see different sides to the subject:

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Several documents published by the museum provide you with a deeper insight into the Great War

  • Les Cahiers d'etudes et de recherche du musée de l'Armée (in french) (CERMA) provides lines of enquiry with the n°1 Peindre la Grande Guerre, 1914-1918 (English: Painting the Great War, 1914-1918) and n°5 1904-1914 de la guerre pensée à la guerre sur le terrain - Techniques, tactiques, pratiques (English: 1904-1914 the imagined war to war in the field - Techniques, tactics, practices)
  • Books from the Musée de l'Armée (in french) relating to the Great War's collections such as Photographies de Poilus : soldats photographes au cœur de la Grande Guerre and L'Armée française dans la Première Guerre mondiale : uniformes, équipements, armements