Using the site

On opening the webpage you are presented with a map of Ypres which can be dragged and zoomed with the mouse wheel, as can all the maps on the site. When that is done, the metadata for the map will appear in the left panel along with a notification of the number of alternate maps for that location. When moving around the front, maps will automatically appear as the movement is detected. If a map does not appear as expected, try zooming in a little.

Operations on a selected map

Find Maps

By default this searches by map title not place name but you can use the drop down box to search by scale, sheet, title, edition date and file name (map ID). If you click Find Maps you are presented with the current list of hundreds of maps on the site. As the project progresses, this list will expand. To see a chosen map, click the pushpin icon on the left of the line. Please note, many Great War maps have no meaningful title so care is required when selecting maps.

Once a map is shown, in the left panel will be the number of other maps found for that place shown in a red circle. A dropdown box of these other maps allows a selection by date and other details. The data of each map, the metadata, will then be displayed under the dropdown box.

Advanced Find

Gazetteer allows a search in several databases and lists trench names, camps, redoubts etc., Users are encouraged to try different spellings. Note that trench names are not always unique across the battlefront so the real location of a trench or other feature can only be assured if its location can be cross checked against nearby villages or towns.

All maps allows a seach of the maps in the whole collection, not all are yet georeferenced.

Georeferenced maps refers to the hundreds of maps georeferenced on the site.

Modern Places is a database of places with their respective trench map reference set up as a string search, i.e. searching for Lens will present a list of places with Lens within the name




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