Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Saturday, August 23, 2014

23 August 1914: Where Everyone Was This Critical Day on the Western Front

A fantastic new website out of France has come to our attention. Cartographie 1914-1918 (trans: Mapping 1914-1918) shows the position of every major unit of all combatants on every day of the war.  A large, high-resolution map similar to the one below (which is the smaller, low-resolution version you see when you first click on a date) is now available for each day through the end of July 1916.

The map we are sharing with you is today's Centennial Map when the Battle of the Frontiers was reaching a crescendo. 

To view the full map for 23 August 1914, Click Here

To visit the home page of Cartographie 1914-1918, Click Here

Tips of the hat to Don Jay and Steve Miller for bringing this site to our attention.


  1. Is an English language version of the home page available?

    1. Not yet, but you should be able to set your browser to translate what minimal text is included