Battlefield Maps - Introduction

Trench map No history of the First World War is complete - and often hardly comprehensible - without the benefit of battlefield maps.

The Great War was fought on so many fronts, with single battles often fought across tens of miles, that most text-based summaries (even with the aid of audio and video) prove insufficient without recourse to summary maps.

This section of the website reproduces large-scale maps covering the key battles and offensives on all fronts of the war from 1914-18.

Each map was originally produced by the Department of Art and Military Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy - i.e. West Point - in 1950.  This collection was published as A Short Military History of World War I - Atlas and edited by T. Dodson Stamps and Vincent J. Esposito.

The sidebar to the right lists each map category available within the section.

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Guide to Map Symbols Explanation of symbols used View Map View Map in New Window View Map in New Window

Click here to view a collection of maps produced within various publications while the war was still underway.

The German word "U-Boat" was derived from "Unterseeboot" (undersea boat).

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