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The official Russian History of the First World War

The young Soviet Union, like any other major power, undertook great efforts to learn from “Great War”. A military comission started publishing a military history of the First World War aimed at the training of Red Army officers. The resulting seven-volume work called Стратегический очерк войны 1914-1918 гг. (Strategic Outline of the War 1914-1918) focuses on strategy and operations and contains a lot of documents, orders and reports. the obvious disadvantage for English speakers is that the work is available in Russian only so far.

The links here lead to HTML versions of the books, including the maps, available at http://www.grwar.ru/library/index.html. Additionally, DJVU versions of all volumes are available at http://www.runivers.ru/lib/book3171/.

Part 1. From the declaration of war to the beginning of September 1914: The first invasion of the Russian armies into East Prussia and the Battle of Galicia. Edited by Tsikhovich Ya. 1922

Part 2. From September 15th to November 25th 1914: The August battle. Warsaw-Ivangorod, Cracow and Łódź operations, operations in Galicia and the Carpathians. Hyrovskoe battle. Edited by G. Korolkov. 1922

Part 3. From November 25th, 1914 to March 28th, 1915. Edited by A. Neznamov. 1922

Part 4. From October 1915 to September 1916: Mackensen’s breakthrough at Gorlice, the struggle for Przemysl and Lviv. The long retreat of the russian Army. Edited by A. Neznamov. 1922

Part 5. October 1915 – September 1916. Trench warfare and attempts to break the Austrian South-Western Front. Edited by VN. Klembowski. M. 1920

Part 6 May 1916 to the end of 1916: Breakthrough of the South-Western Front in May 1916 and operations until the  end of the year. Edited by AM. Zayonchkovsky. M. 1923

Part 7. The Campaign of 1917. Edited by AM. Zayonchkovsky. M. 1923

The Official Histories of New Zealand in the First World War

No full official account of New Zealand’s participation in the First World War was ever published. Only four official volumes were published (1919-1923), and they were written by senior officers who had fought in the campaigns (Gallipoli, Sinai/Palestine, Western Front) but who generally had no training as historians. A useful summary on the genesis of the offical history can be found at Wikipedia.

Although providing detailed accounts of the fighting on the battlefields itself, they did not describe New Zealand during the war, its economy, politics or society, and the home-defence and patriotic efforts, New Zealanders in the naval or air war, and those serving with other British or Australian forces are not included. Despite this, the four official histories became accepted sources for New Zealand’s military effort in the Great War, and have never been updated or superseded.

The official history of the New Zealand Forces was written up in four volumes.

 

Additionally, the following volumes can be found at the New Zealand Electronic Text Foundation as official histories, which I presume constitutes some kind of endorsement as “official” works.

The Italian Official History of World War One

The Italian Army published its official history between 1927 and 1988 – interrupted by the Second World War – under the title of “L’Esercito Italiano nella Grande Guerra 1915-1918” (“The Italian Army in the Great War 1915-1918”). The history stretches over seven volumes divided into 37 books and is accompanied by panoramic sketches, topographical maps and task orders, comprising about 17,000 pages. Of particular interest to researchers and scholars is a synthesis of combat unit diaries written during the war.

The first three volumes are availabe at the Italian Ministry of Defense’s website, unfortunately only as a page viewer and not as a PDF:

Le Forze Belligeranti – vol.I – covers belligerent forces

Le Forze Belligeranti​ – vol. I-bis

Le Operzioni del 1915 – vol. II-1 – The 1915 operations

Le Operazioni del 1915 – vol. II-2

Le Operzioni del 1916 – vol. III book 1-1 – The 1916 Operations

Le Operazioni del 1916 – vol. III book 1-2

Le Operazioni del 1916 – vol. III book 2-1

Le Operazioni del 1916 – vol. III book 2-2

Le Operazioni del 1916 – vol. III book 3-1

Le operazioni del 1916 – vol. III book 3-2

Volume IV:  The war in 1917

Volume V: The war in 1918.

Volume VI: Instructions of tactics

Volume VII: Operations outside the national territory: Albania, Macedonia and the Middle East.

The Official British History of World War One

Note: The earlier volumes of this work are available on archive org, we will ad the links as as time permits, and as the volumes become available online.

Military Operations

Between 1923 and 1949, the Historical Section of the Committee of Imperial Defence under the auspices of Sir James E. Edmonds published the History of the Great War based on Official Documents: Military Operations covering Britain’s roll in the war on land, including fourteen volumes of narrative covering the Western Front and eleven dealing with other fronts.

Military Operations: France and Belgium, 1914

Military Operations: France and Belgium, 1915

Military Operations: France and Belgium, 1916

Military Operations: France and Belgium, 1917

Military Operations: France and Belgium, 1918

Military Operations: Gallipoli

Military Operations: Italy, 1915-1919, Brigadier-General Sir James E. Edmonds and H.R. Davies, 1949

Military Operations: East Africa, 1914-1916

  • Volume I, Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Nordern, 1941
  • Volume II, unpublished

Military Operations: Togoland and the Cameroons, 1914-1916, Brigadier-General F.J. Moberly, 1931

Military Operations: Macedonia

  • Volume I: From the Outbreak of War to the Spring of 1917, Captain Cyril Falls, 1933
  • Volume II: From the Spring of 1917 to the End of the War, Captain Cyril Falls, 1935

Military Operations: Egypt and Palestine

Military Operations: Mesopotamia

Naval Operations

Published under the title “History of the Great War Based on Official Documents: Naval Operations”, five volumes were written by the official Royal Navy historian Sir Julian S. Corbett (1854-1922). Sir Julian died when he was completing Volume III and before he had agree to the corrections to this volume. The remaining works were completed by the writer and poet Sir Henry J Newbolt (1862-1938).

  • Naval Operations Volume I: The events leading up to war, organization of three fleets in Home Waters, coastal Destroyer Flotillas, opening movements on the outbreak of war in Home Waters and the Mediterranean, the passage of the British Expeditionary Force to France, Heligoland Bight action, operations off the Belgian coast October 1914,. Cameroons Expedition, Far East, Battle of Coronel and the Falklands. By Sir Julian S. Corbett, April 1920
  • Naval Operations Volume I: Maps
  • Naval Operations Volume II: Dardanelles Campaign, German raid on Yorkshsire coast December 1914, Dogger Bank action, by Sir Julian S.Corbett, November 1921
  • Naval Operations Volume III: Spring 1915 to the Battle of Jutland 31 May/1 June 1916, events in Home Waters, the Dardanelles, Salonika, Mesopotamia (to November 1915), the destruction of the Koenigsberg, the Battle of Jutland. By Sir Julian S. Corbett, 1923
  • Naval Operations Volume III: Maps
  • Naval Operations Volume IV: From Jutland to February 1917 – Home Waters, East Africa, Cameroons, Mesopotamia, the Baltic, Salonika campaign (January – June 1916 and January 1917), German introduction of unrestricted submarine warfare. By Henry Newbolt.
  • Naval Operations Volume IV: Maps
  • Naval Operations Volume V: Early 1917 to the end of the war, German submarine campaign in Home Waters, the Mediterranean and off the American coast, the convoy system, blocking Zeebrugge and Ostend. By Henry Newbolt.
  • Naval Operations Volume V Maps

Merchant Navy

  • The Merchant Navy, Volume I, by Sir Archibald Hurd, London 1921
  • The Merchant Navy, Volume II, by Sir Archibald Hurd, London 1924
  • The Merchant Navy, Volume III,by Sir Archibald Hurd, London 1927
  • Seaborne Trade, Volume I – The Cruiser Period, by C. Ernest Fayle
    The Cruiser Period covers from the outbreak of the War in 1914 through to about February 1915. It chronicles the operations of German surface raiders and submarines in European waters, the North and South Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Pacific. There is a heavy emphasis on naval operations and how they affected merchant ships.
  • Seaborne Trade, Maps
  • Seaborne Trade, Volume II – Submarine Campaign (from the Opening of the Campaign to the Appointment of a Shipping Controller) by C. Ernest Fayle.
    Covers the early period of the German submarine campaign from Feb. 1915 to Dec. 1916. It covers the impact of increased German submarine operations, the higher demands made for food and material, not only in the United Kingdom, but for France and the Allies and in support of overseas operations.
  • Seaborne Trade, Volume III, – The Period of Unrestricted Submarine Warfare by C. Ernest Fayle.
    This final volume covers the period from January 1917 to the end of the war in November 1918, a period which saw the onslaught of unrestricted submarine warfare by the Imperial German Navy.

World War I Naval Staff Monographs

A good companian to the Naval Operations are the Admiralty Staff monographs, which were compiled during the Interwar period and cover various engagements and campaigns of the Royal Navy. You can download all 19 Naval Staff Monographs from the website of the Australian Navy.

Volume Publication Date Monograph(s)
1 Nov 1920   1 – Coronel, 1914
2 – German cruiser squadron in the Pacific, 1914
3 – Falklands, 1914
4 – Goeben and Breslau, 1914
2 Jan 1921   5 – Cameroons, 1914
10 – East Africa to July 1915
3 July 1921   6 – Passage of the British Expeditionary Force August, 1914
7 – The Patrol Flotillas at the Commencement of the War
11 – The Battle of Heligoland Bight, August 28th 1914
8 – Naval Operations connected with the Raid on the North-East Coast, December 16th, 1914
12 – The Action of Dogger Bank, January 24th, 1915
4 July 1921 15 – Naval operations in Mesopotamia and the Persian Gulf, to April 1916
5 Apr 1922 The Eastern Squadrons, 1914
14 – The first Australian convoy, 1914
16 – The China Squadron, 1914, including the Emden hunt
17 – The East Indies Squadron, 1914
20 – The Cape of Good Hope Squadron, 1914
6 Mar 1922 18 – The Dover Command, Vol 1, to December 1917
7 Sep 1922 19 – Tenth Cruiser Squadron, Vol 1, 1914-1916
25 – The Baltic, 1914
8 Mar 1923 21 – The Mediterranean, 1914-1915 (excluding Dardanelles and Gallipoli)
9 Oct 1923 Volume 9 is a slightly abridged version of Monographs 22, 26 and ?27. See 1914-1916 volume at end of this list:
22 – Atlantic 1, 1914
26 – Atlantic 2, 1915
27 – Battles of Coronel and the Falkland Islands, 1914 (in more detail in Monographs 1 and 3)
10 Apr 1924 23 – Home waters, Part 1, from the outbreak of war to 27th August 1914
11 Dec 1924 24 – Home waters, Part 2, September and October 1914
12 May 1925 28 – Home waters, Part 3, from November 1914 to the end of January 1915
13 Oct 1925 29 – Home waters, Part 4, from February to July 1915
14 Apr 1926 30 – Home waters, Part 5, from July to October 1915
15 Sep 1926 31 – Home waters, Part 6, from October 1915 to May 1916
16 Mar 1927 32 – Lowestoft Raid, 24th-25th April 1916
17 Oct 1927 33 – Home waters, Part 7, from June 1916 to November 1916(excluding Jutland)
18 May 1933 34 – Home waters, Part 8, December 1916 to April 1917
19 Aug 1939 35 – Home waters, Part 9, 1st May 1917 to 31st July 1917

 

Air Operations

Six volumes of The War in the Air. Volume I was written by Walter Raleigh, who died after its completion. H A Jones wrote the next six volumes.

  • Volume I: Air operations of the 1915 Gallipoli campaign; the Western Front in 1915/1916; naval air operations. By Walter Raleigh.
  • Volume II: Gallipoli Campaign in 1915; the Western Front from the winter of 1914-15 to the end of the Battle of the Somme in November 1916; naval operations in Home Waters to the end of 1916; naval air operations from Dunkirk in 1915 and 1916 and bombing operations from Luxeuil in the latter part of 1916. By H A Jones, 1928.
  • Volume III by H A Jones
  • Volume III Maps
  • Volume IV: Naval air operations in 1917 and early 1918, Western Front from June 1917 (Battle of Messines) to German Spring offensives in March 1918. By H A Jones
  • Volume V: German air attacks on Britain in 1917-1918. By H A Jones.
  • Volume V Maps
  • Volume VI: Events leading to the creation of the Royal Air Force (RAF) on 1st April, supply and manpower, the RAF in Palestine 1918, Trans-Jordan, Syria, Persia, Mesopotamia, russian Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Italy. Actions in India throughout the war, naval aircraft co-operation in 1918 in Home Waters and the Mediterranean, Allied offensives on the Western Front in 1918. By H A Jones
  • Volume VII: Appendices

Medical History of the War

The medical history of the First World War was written by the Colonel-Commandant of the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) Major General Sir William Grant Macpherson KCMG, CB (1858 – October 1927).

Misc Topics

In addition to the volumes covering operations during the war, the Historical Section of the Committee of Imperial Defence also published a number of series relevant to historians of the war. The Statistics of the Military Effort of the British Empire During the Great War, 1914-1920, published in 1922, provides an invaluable source of all manner of topics related to the British involvement in the war, from casualties to size of the armed forces at different points in the war. Principle Events, 1914-1918 gives a useful chronology of the war from the British perspective. A.M. Henniker’s Transportation on the Western Front, which was published in 1937, also provides important information about the British logistical effort during the war.

The US Official History of World War One

In the spring of 1918 the US Army founded a Historical Section at the Army War College with the explicit task to write a history of the American contribution to the Great War. Budget restrictions initially prevented the Historical Section to make use of the vast drove of documents already collected. It took until 1948 until many of these documents were finally published in a seventeen-volume series.  These are available online both as PDF as well as HTML. We´ve linked to the HTML versions, but you can easily access the PDF versions from the Center of Military History´s Website.

Lacking a narrative, this series is not a history in the normal sense of the word, but  the orders and reports reproduced in these volumes come from US, British, and French units and provide insight into training, lessons, and operations in the last two years of the war.

United States Army in the World War, 1917-1919

Volume 1: Organization of the American Expeditionary Forces
Narrative account of the AEF’s participation in major operations

Volume 2: Policy-forming Documents of the American Expeditionary Forces

Volume 3: Training and Use of American Units With the British and French

Volume 4: Early Military Operations of the American Expeditionary Forces
Cambrai Nov 20 – Dec 4 1917, Somme Defensive Mar 21 – Apr 6 1918, Lys Apr 9 – Apr 27 1918, Aisne Defensive May 27 – Jun 5 1918, Cantigny Apr 12 – Jun 2 1918, Château-Thierry Jun 6 – Jul 5 1918 (Belleau Wood Jun 6 – 25 1918, Vaux Jun 26 – Jul 3 1918), Montdidier-Noyon June 9-13 1918

Volume 5: Military Operations of the American Expeditionary Forces
Champagne-Marne July 15 – 18 1918, Aisne-Marne July 18 – Aug 6 1918

Volume 6: Military Operations of the American Expeditionary Forces
Oise-Aisne Aug 7 – Nov 11 1918, Ypres-Lys Aug 19 – Nov 11 1918, Vittorio-Veneto Oct 24 – Nov 4 1918

Volume 7: Military Operations of the American Expeditionary Forces
Somme Offensive Aug 8 – Nov 11 1918

Volume 8: Military Operations of the American Expeditionary Forces
St-Mihiel Sept 12 – 16 1918, Meuse-Argonne Sept 26 – Nov 11 1918

Volume 9: Military Operations of the American Expeditionary Forces
Meuse-Argonne Sept 26 – Nov 11 1918

Volume 10-1: The Armistice Agreement and Related Documents

Volume 10-2: The Armistice Agreement and Related Documents

Volume 11:  American Occupation of Germany
Nov 1918 – July 1919;  German Campaign Plans Oct 29 – Nov 11 1918

Volume 12: Reports of the Commander-in-Chief, AEF, Staff Sections and Services

Volume 13: Reports of the Commander-in-Chief, AEF, Staff Sections and Services

Volume 14: Reports of the Commander-in-Chief, AEF, Staff Sections and Services

Volume 15: Reports of the Commander-in-Chief, AEF, Staff Sections and Services

Volume 16: General Orders, GHQ, AEF

Volume 17: Bulletins, GHQ, AEF

Order of Battle of the United States Land Forces in the World War

Volume 1: General Headquarters, Armies, Army Corps, Services of Supply, and Separate Forces,

Volume 2; Divisions

Volume 3, part 1: Organization and Activities of the War Department

Volume 3, part 2: Territorial Departments, Tactical Divisions Organized in 1918, and Posts, Camps, and Stations

Volume 3, part 3: Directory of Troops

Naval Operations

The post war (WW1) situation in the Navy was no different from the Army: Owing to budget cuts the US Navy remained short of funds to compile an official history of its actions. Lacking a large-scale official history, the Historical Section of the Navy Department produced eight short volumes between 1920 and 1923, which are useful sources on US naval activity in the war, some of which are available online:

  1. German Submarine Activities on the Atlantic Coast of the United States and Canada. 1920. 163 pp.
  2. The Northern Barrage and Other Mining Activities. 1920. 146 pp.
  3. Digest Catalogue of Laws and Joint Resolutions, the Navy and the World War. 1920. 64 pp.
  4. The Northern Barrage” (Taking up the Mines). 1920. 79 pp.
  5. History of the Bureau of Engineering. 1922. 176 pp.
  6. The United States Naval Railway Batteries in France
  7. The United States Naval Railway Batteries in France. 1922. 97 pp. (Reprinted 1988 by Naval Historical Center).
  8. The American Naval Planning Section London. 1923. 537 pp.

US Air Force

The US Air Force did not come into being until 1947, long after most other countries had established independent air forces. Nevertheless, the different departments and units tasked with waging air war had left a considerable amount of documents, and in 1978, the Office of Air Force History finally produced a four-volume series, The U.S. Air Service in World War I:

  1. Volume One: Final Report of the Chief of Air Serice, AEF; Tactical History of the Air Service, AEF.
  2. Volume Two: The Aviation Section, 1914-1917. Air Service Plans and Programs, April 1918 –  February 1918. Combat, Feb –  Nov 1918. Postwar Review
  3. Volume Three: The Battle of St. Mihiel, 1918.
  4. Volume Four: Lessens Learned. US Bombing Survey.

Further Official Publications

More ‘official’ information about the US contribution to the war can also be found in Col Leonard P. Ayres’ The War with Germany: A Statistical Summary published by the US Army General Staff in 1919.

The Official German History of World War One

Der Weltkrieg 1914 bis 1918

Published as “Der Weltkrieg 1914 bis 1918. Im Auftrage des Oberkommandos des Heeres bearbeitet und herausgegeben von der Kriegsgeschichtlichen Forschungsanstalt des Heeres. Die militärischen Operationen zu Lande. Berlin: E. S. Mittler 1925-1944”. The work consist of 15 volumes, each supplied with maps, and three supplements, two of which have not been scanned yet.

Note: Even though each of the supplements was named “volume 1”, no second volume was ever produced.

Overview at the Austrian Landesbibliothek.

Table of Contents

Vol 1: Die Grenzschlachten im Westen (1925)

Vol 2: Die Befreiung Ostpreußens (1925)

Vol 3: Der Marne-Feldzug 1: Von der Sambre zur Marne (1926)

Vol 4: Der Marne-Feldzug  2 : Die Schlacht (1926)

Vol 5: Der Herbst-Feldzug 1914 1: Im Westen bis zum Stellungskrieg, im Osten bis zum Rückzug (1929)

Vol 6: Der Herbst-Feldzug 1914 2: Der Abschluß der Operationen im Westen und Osten (1929)

Vol 7: Die Operationen des Jahres 1915 1: Die Ereignisse im Winter und Frühjahr (1931)

Vol 8: Die Operationen des Jahres 1915 2: Die Ereignisse im Westen im Frühjahr und Sommer, im Osten vom Frühjahr bis zum Jahresschluß (1932)

Vol 9: Die Operationen des Jahres 1915 3: Die Ereignisse im Westen und auf dem Balkan vom Sommer bis zum Jahresschluß (1933)

Vol 10: Die Operationen des Jahres 1916 : bis zum Wechsel in der Obersten Heeresleitung (1936)

Vol 11: Die Kriegsführung im Herbst 1916 und im Winter 1916/17 : vom Wechsel in der Obersten Heeresleitung bis zum Entschluß zum Rückzug in die Siegfried-Stellung (1938)

Vol 12: Die Kriegsführung im Frühjahr 1917 (1939)

Vol 13: Die Kriegführung im Sommer und Herbst 1917. Die Ereignisse außerhalb der Westfront bis November 1918. (1942)

Vol 14: Der Weltkrieg 1914 bis 1918. Die militärischen Operationen zu Lande. 14,1 Die Kriegführung an der Westfront im Jahre 1918. (1944)

Vol 15: Die Kriegführung an der Westfront im Jahre 1918 (1944)

Supplement 1: Das deutsche Feldeisenbahnwesen 1: Die Eisenbahnen zu Kriegsbeginn (1928)

Supplement 2: Kriegsrüstung und Kriegswirtschaft 1 (1930)

Supplement 2: Kriegsrüstung und Kriegswirtschaft 1 Supplements (1930)

Schlachten des Weltkrieges

A second work of more popular character is “Schlachten des Weltkrieges” (“Battles of the World War”) which drops a coherrent narrative in order to focus on key battles of the First World War. The volumes are generally short, their writing style aimed at the general populace. Nevertheless, they were published by the Reichsarchiv and can be considered as official publications.

The Österreichische Landesbibliothek has put these volumes online for viewing and download:

Douaumont
Karpathen- und Dnester-Schlacht 1915
Antwerpen 1914
Jildirim
Herbstschlacht in Macedonien, Cernabogen 1916*Makedonien Mazedonien
Von Nancy bis zum Camp des Romains 1914
Die Eroberung von Nowo Georgiewsk
Die Kämpfe um Baranowitschi
Ypern 1914
Weltkriegsende an der mazedonischen Front
Der Kampf um die Dardanellen 1915
Loretto
Argonnen
Tannenberg
Flandern 1917
Gorlice
Die Tankschlacht bei Cambrai
Deutsche Siege 1918
Wachsende Schwierigkeiten
Der letzte deutsche Angriff
Schicksalswende

Die Katastrophe des 8. August 1918

Der Krieg zur See 1914-1918

White the Reichsarchiv focussed on the land war, the archive of the Imperial Fleet quickly started producing a History of the Naval War, having published six volumes before the Reichsarchiv even got out their first. The speed was in parted helped by the fact that the Marinearchiv successfully withstood the calls to include a civilian scientific oversight, which delayed, but much improved, the Reichsarchiv’s work. The resulting work “Der Krieg zur See 1914-1918 (The War at Sea, 1914-1918), written by former officers and admirals, is not surprisingly highly uncritical towards officers and admirals. The whole undertaking was done to present a favourable view of the imperial navy with an eye on a future rearmament, and the books discard or simply ignore any strategic or political review of the Imerial Navy. Its historical value lies more in the vast amount of  details regarding ships and naval engagements.

Only a couple of Volumes are available in the internet archive, and none of them have been translated as to my knowledge. You can find a more detailed table of contents here.

Partly published by the  Marine-Archiv / edited by Eberhard von Mantey; partly published by the Kriegswissenschaftlichen Abteilung / edited by Kurt Aßmann; partly published by the Bundesarchiv-Militärarchiv vom Arbeitskreis für Wehrforschung / edited by Walther Hubatsch; partly published by the Militärgeschichtlichen Forschungsamt / edited by Gerhard P. Groß.
Publisher for all volumes: E.S. Mittler, Berlin/Bonn/Hamburg

Teil 1: Der Krieg in der Nordsee

  • Bd. 1. Von Kriegsbeginn bis Anf. Sept. 1914. Bearb. von Otto Groos: 1920. XV, 293 S. : Mit 60 Kt., Tab. + Anlagen.
  • Bd. 2. Von Anf. Sept. bis Nov. 1914. Bearb. von Otto Groos: 1922. XIV, 340, 1 S. : Mit 38 Skizzen, Kt., Tab. + Anlagen.
  • Bd. 3. Vom Ende Nov. 1914 bis Anfang Feb. 1915. Bearb. von Otto Groos: 1923. XIII, 300 S. : Mit 30 Skizzen, Ktn, Tab. + Anl.
  • Bd. 4. Von Anf. Febr. bis Ende Dez. 1915. Bearb. von Otto Groos: 1924. XV, 442 S. : Mit 46 Skizzen, [farb.] Ktn, Tab. + Anl.
  • Bd. 5. Von Jan. bis Juni 1916. Textband. Bearb. von Otto Groos: 1925. XX, 568 S. : Mit 81 Skizzen, Ktn, Tab. u. Anlagen.
  • Bd. 5a Von Jan. bis Juni 1916. Kartenband. Bearb. von Otto Groos: 1925. Mit 81 Skizzen, 43 Ktn, Tab. u. Anlagen.
  • Bd. 6. Vom Juni 1916 bis Frühj. 1917. Bearb.: Walter Gladisch: 1937. 352 S. : Mit 18 Ktn. u. 19 Skizzen.
  • Bd. 7. Vom Sommer 1917 bis zum Kriegsende 1918. Bearb. von Walter Gladisch: 1965. XIV, 368 S. : Mit Ktn. u. 9 Tab.
  • Bd. 7. Vom Sommer 1917 bis zum Kriegsende 1918. Kritische Edition; Textband und Kartenschuber. im Auftr. des Militärgeschichtlichen Forschungsamtes bearb. und neu hrsg. von Gerhard P. Groß : 2006. VI, 486 S. ; Mit 4 Kt.-Beil.

Teil 2: Der Krieg in der Ostsee

Teil 3: Der Handelskrieg mit U-Booten

  • Bd. 1. Vorgeschichte. Bearb. von Arno Spindler: 1932. XII, 269 S. : 6 Textskizzen u. 2 Tab. + Mit 34 Anl.
  • Bd. 2. Februar bis September 1915. Bearb. von Arno Spindler: 1933. XI, 299 S. : Mit 8 mehrfarb. Steindr. Kt. u. 10 Textskizzen.
  • Bd. 3. Oktober 1915 bis Januar 1917. Bearb. von Arno Spindler: 1934. XII, 400 S. : Mit 16 mehrfarb. Steindr. Kt. u. 12 Textskizzen.
  • Bd. 4. Februar bis Dezember 1917. Bearb. von Arno Spindler. Nachdr. [d. Ausg.] 1941: 1964. VI, 559 S. : Mit 15 Kt., 7 Textskizzen u. 44 Minenskizzen.
  • Bd. 5. Januar bis November 1918. Bearb. von Arno Spindler: 1966. VIII, 447 S., 3 Ktn.-Beil. Mit 3 Ktn. u. zahlr. Tab.

Teil 4: Der Kreuzerkrieg in den ausländischen Gewässern

Teil 5: Der Krieg in den türkischen Gewässern

  • Bd. 1. Die Mittelmeer-Division. Bearb. von Hermann Lorey: 1928 [Ausg. 1927]. XVI, 430 S. : Mit Skizzen, Kt. u. Anlagen.
  • Bd. 2. Der Kampf um die Meerengen. Bearb. von Hermann Lorey: 1938. XI, 221 S. : Mit 16 Kt. u. 8 Skizzen.

Teil 6: Die Kämpfe der Kaiserlichen Marine in den deutschen Kolonien.

  • Bd 1. Tsingtau; Deutsch-Ostafrika. Bearb. von Kurt Aßmann: 1935. XVI, 330 S., Kt. + Register.

Teil 7: Die Überwasserstreitkräfte und ihre Technik.

  • Bd 1. Bearb. von Paul Köppen: 1930. XII, 314 S. + Anlagen.

Die deutschen Luftstreitkräfte von ihrer Entstehung bis zum Ende des Weltkrieges 1918.

The Treaty of Versailles forbade Germany from possessing an air force. This fact alone hobbled the effortsof  writing an official history of German air operations during the war. After the formation of the Luftwaffe the new Reichsluftfahrtministerium (Imperial Air Ministry)  began writing an official history of the German air activities during the war, entitled Die deutschen Luftstreitkräfte von ihrer Entstehung bis zum Ende des Weltkrieges 1918 (The german air forces from their foundation to the end of the World War). However, the Second World War and German defeat prevented the completion of this project and only seven volumes of this series were published, none of which are available online.

Band 4: Die Militärluftfahrt bis zum Beginn des Weltkrieges 1914: Technischer Band: Die Entwicklung der Heeres- und Marineflungzeuge  (Two volumes, one narrative, one supplements, Berlin, E.S. Mittler, 1941
Band 5: Die technische Entwicklung der Flakwaffe bis zum Ende des Weltkrieges (Techn. Sonderbd. 2), Berlin, E.S. Mittler, 1942
Band 6: Die Luftstreitkräfte in der Abwehrschlacht zwischen Somme und Oise vom 8. bis 12. August 1918,
Berlin, E.S. Mittler, 1942
Band 7: Der militärische Heimatluftschutz im im Weltkriege 1914-1918
, Berlin, E.S. Mittler, 1943
Band 8: Der Luftschutz im Weltkrieg by 
Hugo Grimme, Berlin, E.S. Mittler, 1941

This series is supplemented by
Flugmotoren 1910-1918 by J. A. Gilles, edited by the Militärgeschichtliche Forschungsamt, 1971.

The Official History of France in the First World War

Named “Les Armées Françaises dans la Grande Guerre” (The French Armies in the Great War”), the official French history of World War One has a total of 106 volumes, of which 26 are text volumes describing the course of events (“Précis”). A further 56 volumes (“Annexes”) contain documents, orders and battle reports that are crossindexed with the text. 26 more volumes contain extensive map material covering all fronts.

In 2016 the French Army added scans of all maps to the already existing digital versions of “Les Armées” that had previously been published online in the Gallica. So while the links presented here will point you to the Gallica website, the maps need to be researched individually at the memorial website of the French Army.

TOME 1: LA GUERRE DE MOUVEMENT (OPÉRATIONS ANTÉRIEURES AU 14 NOVEMBRE 1914)

1° volume: Les préliminaires. La bataille des frontières. Opérations antérieures au 24 août 1914

2° volume: La manœuvre en retraite (24 août-5 septembre 1914). Les préliminaires de la bataille de la Marne

3° volume: La bataille de la Marne (6-14 septembre 1914 )

4° volume: La bataille de l’Aisne. La course à la mer (14 septembre-13 novembre  1914)

TOME 2: LA STABILISATION DU FRONT. LES ATTAQUES LOCALES (14 NOVEMBRE 1914-1er MAI 1915)

TOME 3: LES OFFENSIVES DE 1915. L’HIVER 1915-1916

TOME 4: VERDUN ET LA SOMME

1° volume: Projets de la coalition pour 1916, Offensive allemande contre Verdun (21 février-1er mai 1916)

2° volume: Verdun (1er mai-3 septembre 1916). Préparation de la bataille de la Somme. Bataille de la Somme (1er juillet-3 septembre 1916)

3° volume: Fin de la bataille de la Somme et première bataille offensive de Verdun (3 septembre-31 décembre 1916).

TOME 5: L’OFFENSIVE D’AVRIL 1917 . LES OPÉRATIONS À OBJECTIFS LIMITÉS

1° volume: L’offensive d’avril (1er novembre 1916-15 mai 1917)

2° volume: Les offensives à objectifs limités (15 mai – 1er novembre 1917)

TOME 6: L’HIVER 1917-1918 – L’OFFENSIVE ALLEMANDE (1er NOVEMBRE 1917-3 AVRIL 1918)

1° volume: La préparation de la campagne de 1918. L’offensive allemande de l’Oise à la mer du Nord (1er novembre 1917-30 avril 1918)

2° volume: L’offensive allemande contre l’armée française (30 avril-17 juillet 1918)

TOME 7: LA CAMPAGNE OFFENSIVE DE 1918 ET LA MARCHE AU RHIN (18 JUILLET 1918-28 JUIN 1918)

1° volume: Les offensives de dégagement et la préparation des offensives générales (18 juillet-25 septembre 1918)

2° volume: La campagne offensive de 1918 et la marche au Rhin (26 septembre 1918-28 juin 1919)

TOME 8: LA CAMPAGNE D’ORIENT

1° volume: La campagne d’Orient, jusqu’à l’intervention de la Roumanie (février 1915-août 1916)

2° volume: La campagne d’Orient, de l’intervention de la Roumanie aux préparatifs d’offensive de 1918 (août 1916-avril 1918 )

3° volume: La campagne d’Orient, du printemps de 1918 à la fin de la même année (avril 1918-décembre 1918). 

TOME 9: LES FRONTS SECONDAIRES

1° volume: Egypte. Palestine. Syrie. Hedjaz. La propagande allemande au Maroc

2° volume: Campagnes coloniales: Cameroun. Togo. Opérations contre les Senoussis.

3° volume: Les opérations au Maroc

TOME 10: ORDRES DE BATAILLE

TOME 11: LA DIRECTION DE L’ARRIÈRE

  • Précis (1937 ), 1209 p.
  • Cartes, vol. 1.

The Austria-Hungarian official history of World War One

Edmund Glaise-Horstenau (Hrsg)Österreich-Ungarns letz­ter Krieg 1914–1918. Band I–VII.
Verlag der Militärwissenschaftlichen Mitteilungen, Wien 1930–39.

Note: Stan Hanna actually translated the whole seven volumes of this work and added some pretty impressive corpus of notes on top of that. I can only imagine the workload having gone into this. You can find the translated version (including illustrations) online here: http://www.comroestudios.com/StanHanna/. Thanks to Jim Broshot for pointing me towards this website.

1914

1) 1914, Text
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1B) 1914,  Supplements
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1915

2) 1915 / 1. Teil, Text
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2B) 1915 / 1. Teil,  Supplements
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3) 1915 / 2. Teil, Text
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1916

4) 1916 / 1. Teil, Text
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5) 1916 / 2. Teil, Text
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1917

6) 1917, Text
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6B) 1917,  Supplements
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1918

7) 1918, Text
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Register

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The Australian Official History of World War One

The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918 is a 12-volume series covering Australia’s involvement in the First World War. The series was edited by the official historian Charles Bean, who also wrote six of the volumes, and was published between 1920 and 1942. The books, with their familiar covers, “the colour of dried blood” in the words of one reviewer, rapidly became highly regarded internationally. Bean’s work established the tradition and set the standard for all subsequent Australian official war histories.

Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918

Official History of the Australian Army Medical Services, 1914–1918

Supplementary material

Bibliography

Falls, Cyril, The First World War, London 1960
Farrar, L.L., The Short-War Illusion, Oxford 1973
Hardach, Gerd, The First World War 1914-1918, Harmondsworth 1987
Hart, Liddel, The Way to win Wars, London 1942
Kielsmansegg, Peter Graf, Deutschland und der Erste Weltkrieg, Frankfurt am Main 1968
Neame, Philip, German Strategy in the Great War, London 1923
Reichsarchiv (ed. M. Schwarz), Der Weltkrieg 1914-1918, vol. 4: Die Marneschlacht, Leipzig 1922
Ritter, Gerhard, The Schlieffen Plan – Critique of a Myth, London 1956
Tuchman, Barbara, August 1914, London 1962

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