WW1 Centenary

Great War Centenary 2014-2018 website by Paul Reed

Centenary Website: French Government Portal To WW1 Centenary



In the past couple of weeks the French official Government website which will act as their portal into the WW1 Centenary went live. Mission Centenaire 14-18 is a well designed and slick site, with good images, graphics and text, although of course at the moment the entire site is in French only. This is not that surprising as most British Centenary sites are in English only. However, I have a feeling that some aspects of the site will have English options as we move nearer to 2014-18. At the moment the translate option in browsers like Google Chrome can help with translation.

Even if you don’t have French, the site does give us an immediate insight into what other countries feel about the centenary and what they want to commemorate. This is not a site where you will find much on the Somme or Flanders, but one of it’s first articles covers the amazing La Main de Massignes site on the border of the Champagne and Argonne. This was a site which saw heavy fighting, tunnelling and mining, and has an extensive area of battlefield remains and incredible reconstructed trenches; yet it is largely unknown to English speaking audiences. Hopefully web portals like this one will enable such sites to get better known during the 2014-18 period.

Mission Centenaire 14-18 is a great site and easy to use. At the moment their only Social Media outlet is their Facebook Page but I would hope they consider a Twitter feed in due course.


Author: ww1centenary

Military Historian & author who works in Television: visiting & interpreting battlefields all over the world. Currently working on WW1 projects for 2014-18.

3 thoughts on “Centenary Website: French Government Portal To WW1 Centenary

  1. the top left hand side has a language option – Einglish and Germand – and the translation is excelllent as is the site so thanks for the recommendation

  2. Also worth pointing out that Google Chrome can automatically translate each page viewed. It’s a smashing website.

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