The First World War

British Pathé holds one of the finest and most comprehensive First World War archives in the world. This collection presents just a few of them, selected in order to provide a taste of the wealth of material available. There's wartime propaganda, trench warfare, zeppelins, battleships, U-boats, protests against conscription, among others. It also includes horrifying footage of shell shock victims.

Britain's Effort

Britain's Effort (1918)

Lengthy, interesting animated film showing Britain's effort against enemy in First World War.

Zeppelin Wrecked Near Enfield

Zeppelin Wrecked Near Enfield (1914)

Footage of wreckage of German airship in Enfield.

Where The British And French Lines Join

Where The British And French Lines Join (1917)

Tommies take over a section of the French line on the Somme.

Distribution Of Warm Clothing To Belgian Soldiers

Distribution Of Warm Clothing To Belgian Soldiers (1917)

Belgian soldiers go through a line where each man is given clothing and cigarettes and matches.

British Artillery In France

British Artillery In France (1914)

British horse artillery moving along cobbled street of French village.

British Tommies In France

British Tommies In France (1914)

Footage of British soldiers in trenches in France.

English Troops At The Front

English Troops At The Front (1914)

Good footage of English / British soldiers at the Front.

British Troops

British Troops (1914)

British troops in France during World War One.

Will America Declare War?

Will America Declare War? (1917)

US President Wilson and party arrive at unidentified location on small boat.

President Wilson's Call To Arms

President Wilson's Call To Arms (1914)

Footage of the American President, Woodrow Wilson speaking. USA.

Crowds At Trafalgar Square And Stock Exchange

Crowds At Trafalgar Square And Stock Exchange (1914)

Crowds in London wait to hear declaration of war, August 1914.

Declaration Of War

Declaration Of War (1914)

Shot of St Pancras railway station after war has been declared. London.

Corpses On Russian Front

Corpses On Russian Front (1914)

Masses of corpses on frozen Russian / Turkish border.

Corpses On Russian / Turkish Border

Corpses On Russian / Turkish Border (1914)

Masses of corpses on frozen Russian / Turkish border.

Capture Of Ergenim  AKA Erzerum

Capture Of Ergenim AKA Erzerum (1914)

Russian troops cross snowy terrain approaching Erzerum.

1914 - 1918 War Scenes

1914 - 1918 War Scenes (1914)

World War I scenes.

British Soldiers

British Soldiers (1914)

British soldiers putting on gas masks and walking through trench.

Trenches; Gas Masks; Bicycles

Trenches; Gas Masks; Bicycles (1914)

World War One. Trench bombing; warfare; etc.

Treaty Of Versailles

Treaty Of Versailles

Collection of material from the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

German Prisoners At Somme

German Prisoners At Somme (1916)

German prisoners surrender on the Somme front.

British Troops

British Troops (1914)

British troops passing through ruins of French town during WW1.

Mr Lloyd George - Wanted - A Supreme War Council

Mr Lloyd George - Wanted - A Supreme War Council (1917)

Lloyd George presents medals to soldiers.

Mobilisation

Mobilisation (1914)

Mobilisation of French and Russian troops at start of WW1.

Patriotic Italians Parade Through London

Patriotic Italians Parade Through London (1914)

Patriotic Italians march through London in support of Britain's part in the First World War.

Britannia Rules The Waves

Britannia Rules The Waves (1918)

The German navy surrenders - 1918.

Arrival Of U-Boats

Arrival Of U-Boats (1914)

British Examine Captured U-boat. Great Yarmouth, England.

War On U-Boats

War On U-Boats (1917)

War on U-boats by British and French sea forces.

A Goal For The Huns

A Goal For The Huns (1916)

Propaganda film to boost morale of British shipbuilders during WW1.

Tommies Camp In Flanders

Tommies Camp In Flanders (1914)

British soldiers washing clothing in tub at camp in Belgium.

Married Men Called Up  - Last Farewells In London

Married Men Called Up - Last Farewells In London (1916)

Married men called up - bidding goodbye to families and marching off through London

Married Men Protest Conscription AKA Married Men Protests

Married Men Protest Conscription AKA Married Men Protests (1914)

Demonstration by married men protesting conscription.

British Troops In France Marching

British Troops In France Marching (1914)

British troops march through French village.

Ship HMS Kent's Flag To Canterbury AKA Flags Of HMS Kent

Ship HMS Kent's Flag To Canterbury AKA Flags Of HMS Kent (1914)

Ceremony in which the flags of H.M.S. Kent damaged in Falkland Islands action in December 1914 were deposited in the cathedral in Canterbury.

Triumph Of British Navy

Triumph Of British Navy (1914)

Shots of sailors and warships of Royal Navy fleet during WW1.

War Neuroses Version A Reel 1

War Neuroses Version A Reel 1 (1917)

Amazing footage of men experiencing treatment for shell shock.

War Neuroses Version B Reel 2

War Neuroses Version B Reel 2 (1917)

Amazing footage of men experiencing treatment for shell shock.

Sports At Army Hospital AKA Wounded And Nurses

Sports At Army Hospital AKA Wounded And Nurses (1914)

Recovering soldiers playing sports.

Britain's Mastery In The Air

Britain's Mastery In The Air (1917)

Item showing how battle planes are produced for the war.

London Buses - Ww1 Front

London Buses - Ww1 Front (1914)

London buses used to take soldiers to front in France during WW1.

Trench Warfare

Trench Warfare (1914)

Footage of soldiers in a trench in the Argonne, loading guns and ducking for cover.