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Imperial War Museum. First World War Collection

First World War photographs, posters, documents, paintings and maps.

This collection explore the war through the eyes of the people in Britain and its empire and its wider global impact. Areas of exploration include the role of women and children, technologies and tactics used in combat and the work of war artists and photographers.

  • The first official photograph taken of a Tank going into action, at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, 15/09/1916. © IWM (Q 2488)
  • Battle of Flers-Courcelette. A Brigadier and his staff outside Tank 17 of D Company 21/09/1916. © IWM (Q 2487)
  • The remains of a destroyed British male tank. Orpen, William. 1917 © IWM (Art.IWM ART 2389)
  • Battle of Flers–Courcelette. "C" Company Mark I tank, C.19 'Clan Leslie', in the Chimpanzee Valley on 15/09/1916. © IWM (Q 5575)
  • The remains of a British tank lies deserted. Orpen, William. 1917 © IWM (Art.IWM ART 2387)
  • A knocked out British tank half submerged in mud and water near St Julien, 12/10/1917. © IWM (Q 6327)
  • Captured German Tank Elfriede put out of action and captured by "A" Company 1st Battalion Tank Corps. © IWM (Q 29578)
  • Battle of Amiens. Mark V (Female) tanks of the 4th Battalion, Tank Corps. © IWM (Q 7302)
  • The visit of Queen Mary to the Tank Corps Central Stores and Workshops at Erin, 7th July 1917. © IWM (Q 3554)
  • Tank officers relaxing around a gramophone player in camp at Poperinghe, 26/09/1917. © IWM (Q 2898)
  • Recruitment poster Tank Corps. © IWM (Art.IWM PST 13491)
  • Recruitment poster Tank Corps. © IWM (Art.IWM PST 3929)
  • The Military Service Act 1916. Parliamentary Recruiting Committee Poster. © IWM (Art.IWM PST 5161)
  • Copy negative made from a Conscientious Objector cartoon "The C.O. in Prison" by G D Micklewright, 1917. © (IWM Q 102928)
  • Photo of a prison during the First World War, from a conscientious objector postcard. © (IWM Q 103668)
  • A First World War conscientious objector postcard depicting the interior of a cell at Wormwood Scrubs. © (IWM Q 103669)
  • A conscientious objector in prison. © (IWM Q 103094)
  • A cartoon from the First World War period by Frank Holland. © IWM (Q 103334)
  • Lieutenant Ronald Lucas Quixano Henriques. © IWM (HU 123223)
  • Second Lieutenant Alexis George De Gunzburg. © IWM (HU 121133)
  • Lieutenant Frank Alexander De Pass VC MID. © IWM (HU 121582)
  • Captain Cecil David Woodburn Bamberger. © IWM (HU 113260)
  • Lieutenant-General Sir John Monash, 1918. © IWM (E(AUS) 2350)
  • Friendly Aliens and the British Army recruitment poster. © IWM (Art.IWM PST 6062)
  • A half-length portrait of the war poet, Rupert Brooke. © IWM (Q 71073)
  • The Commanding Officer of one of the Casualty Clearing Stations and his staff. © IWM (Q 26683)
  • Officers and QAIMNS nurses watching the events at a Divisional Horse Show, August 1918. © IWM (Q 26999)
  • Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) Sisters attending to a patient at Wimereux. © IWM (Q 8011)
  • Nurses of the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service relaxing around the piano at Abbeville. © IWM (Q 108201)
  • QAIMNS headquarters of Sister Barker, Matron in Chief, at the Military Hospital at Boulogne.. © IWM (Q 108210)
  • A ward in the No. 83 Dublin Hospital at Boulogne. © IWM (Q 108196)
  • Dame Maud McCarthy, Matron in Chief of the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS). © IWM (Q 7991)
  • QAIMNS Sister taking the pulse of a patient at Cholmondeley Castle. © IWM (A 11529)
  • Miss Minns, QAIMNS, Matron of a Hospital on the Quay at Le Havre. © IWM (Q 8051)
  • Sister of Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service and a Matron of the Territorial Nursing Service. © IWM (Q 30364)
  • Matron in Chief Dame Ethel Becher GBE RRC, Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service. © IWM (WWC D8-2-349)
  • The Battle of Jutland. Admiral Sir John Jellicoe. © IWM (Q 70186)
  • The Battle of Jutland. Admiral David Beatty. © IWM (Q 19571)
  • HMS BELLEROPHON. Saw action at the Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916. © IWM (Q 38256)
  • HMS PRINCESS ROYAL. Fought at Heligoland Bight and Dogger Bank. Badly damaged at Jutland by shellfire. © IWM (Q 21654)
  • HMS Castor. Wounded Received After The Battle Of Jutland, 31st May 1916. © IWM (Art.IWM ART 2781)
  • The Battle of the Somme. Dead German soldiers on the battlefield, October 1916. © IWM (CO 940)
  • The Battle of the Somme. German prisoners in the divisional POW camp at Acheux, July 1916. © IWM (Q 940)
  • The Battle of the Somme. German prisoners playing chess, Querrieu, October 1916 © IWM (Q 1599)
  • The Battle of the Somme. Battle of the Ancre. British wounded at a Dressing Station. Aveluy Wood, 13 November 1916 © IWM (Q 4506)
  • The Battle of the Somme. Battle of the Ancre. London coffee stall at Auchonvillers. November 1916. © IWM (Q 4545)
  • The Battle of Somme. Battle of Guillemont 3-6 September 1916. British infantry waiting their turn to advance. September 1916. © IWM (Q 4511)
  • The Battle of the Somme. Battle of Pozieres Ridge. August 1916. © IWM (Q 4090)
  • The Battle of the Somme. Battle of Albert, 10 July 1916.© IWM (Q 4087)
  • The Battle of the Somme. A transport camp behind the lines at Mailly-Maillet, July 1916. © IWM (Q 726)
  • Battle of the Somme. Preparing to load a 15-inch howitzer during the bombardment of Beaumont Hamel,July 1916.© IWM (Q13)
  • French gunners manning a 105 mm gun during a artillery barrage in the Verdun region. © IWM (Q 69619)
  • Fench troops manning a captured German Maxim MG 08 machine gun at Fort Douaumont, Verdun. © IWM (Q 69971)
  • The Postal Censorship at Strand House, Portugal Street, London. 1917. © IWM (Art.IWM ART 4749)
  • Clerks at work in the information tabulating office at the Postal Censor's Department. 1917. © IWM (Q 54038 - Q 54043)
  • Nevinson, C R W. A crowd of grey-faced women, men and children wait in a queue for food. 1918. © IWM (Art.IWM ART 840)
  • Poster 1917. © IWM (Art.IWM PST 4470)
  • Alteration of time, poster. 1916. © IWM (Art.IWM PST 6363)
  • A female police patrol warning small boys outside of Euston Station, 1918. © IWM (Q 31089)
  • The uncommon languages room. Letters written in any language in the world can be translated here. 1917. © IWM (Q 54150)
  • Defence of the Realm Act poster. © IWM (Art.IWM PST 8363)
  • Female worker packing bottles of lager beer in a pasteurizer in a Cheshire brewery, September 1918. © IWM (Q 28328)
  • Medical staff in the laboratory of No.9 Red Cross Hospital (Millicent Sutherland Ambulance) at Calais, July 1917. © IWM (Q 2613)
  • Poster. Defence of the Realm, Ministry of Food. Breaches of the Rationing Order. © IWM (Q 56278)
  • Munition workers at the National Shell Filling Factory, Chilwell, Nottinghamshire. 1917. © IWM (Q 30018)
  • Young female munition workers filling shells in a factory. © IWM (Q 110261)
  • Two female munitions workers at National Shell Filling Factory, Chillwell, Nottinghamshire. 1917. © IWM (Q 30017)
  • Female munition workers unloading shells from a railway wagon at Newbury Station. © IWM (Q 110251)
  • A female munitions worker acetylene welding aerial bombs in a British factory. © IWM (Q 54631)
  • The interior of a munitions factory with female workers making shells. Skinner, Edward F. 1918 © IWM (Art.IWM ART 6513)
  • 'The Steel Converter at Woolwich Arsenal. Hyde, William. 1919 © IWM (Art.IWM ART 2275)
  • Female munition workers transporting large shells in a factory. © IWM (Q 110230)
  • Field Marshal Sir John French, Earl of Ypres. © IWM (Q 69149)
  • Portrait of David Lloyd George. © IWM (Q 41927)
  • Men and women workers filling shells in the National Shell Filling Factory, Chilwell. © IWM (Q 30028)
  • VAD nurses and patients at Hilders Military Hospital in Haslemere, 1919. © IWM (Q 108083)
  • Members of the VAD providing Christmas entertainment for the patients. 1917. © IWM (Q 108171)
  • Voluntary Aid Detachment, Order of St John (VAD) nurses and convalescents. Hospital at Le Touquet, June 1917. © IWM (Q 2405)
  • In a British Red Cross Society, Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) Dressing Station, Abbeville, 27th June 1917 © IWM (Q 2470)
  • Members of the VAD feeding a convalescent patient at the Royal Naval Hospital, Granton. © IWM (Q 18952)
  • Women British Red Cross Society, Voluntary Aid Detachment motor ambulance drivers at Etaples.
  • A Voluntary Aid Detachment camp. © IWM (Art.IWM ART 2886)
  • Matron Miss Neale and Miss Ida Milman of the VAD at the Red Cross VAD Hospital at Gournay-en-Bray. © IWM (Q 108137)
  • Map showing Gallipoli landings from 25 April 1915. © IWM (Q 70563)
  • An aerial view of the 'V' Beach in Dardanelles. © IWM (Q 37866)
  • The Gallipoli Campaign, April 1915-January 1916. Filtering water before it is put into covered cans. © IWM (Q 13448)

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