Yale University Libraries and Collections

Soldiers’ WAR

“What battles have in common is human: the behaviour of men struggling to reconcile their instinct for self-preservation, their sense of honour and the achievement of some aim over which men are ready to kill them” — John Keegan 


  • John Keegan, ‘The Somme, 1 July 1916’, The Face of Battle, New York: Viking Press, 1976; pp. 207-289. 
  • Eric Leed, ‘Exit from the Labyrinth – Neuroses and War’, No Man’s Land: Combat and Identity in World War I, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1979; pp. 163-192.


  • Army Mutinies
  • Command in War
  • Correspondence between home and front
  • Desertion
  • Prisoners of War
  • Shellshock


papers, letters, diaries, and other archival sources
  • MS 342. Eckley Brinton Coxe Markle papers, 1917-1919 (0.75 linear ft.). Markle was a Yale student who served as a pilot during the war. His papers contain his letters to his mother describing his World War I flying experiences, plus photographs covering the same subject. Yale Manuscripts and Archives.
  • MS 601. F. Trubee Davison Papers, 1882-1961, 10.5 linear ft. (20 boxes). Davison’s papers contain correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, photographs and memorabilia documenting his activities as founder of a Yale aviation unit during World War I.
  • MS 884. Warren Hiram Lowenhaupt papers, 1891-1967, 2 linear ft. (2 boxes, 1 folio). Papers contain correspondence and memorabilia of Lowenhaupt’s service as an officer during the war. They also include approximately two hundred photographs, nearly half of which show European scenes and events relating to World War I. Yale Manuscripts and Archives.
  • MS 900. Paul Charles Blum papers, 1858-1998, 3.55 linear ft. Papers consist of letters, many written by Paul Blum to his family during his service in the U. S. Army Ambulance Service with the French army, 1918-1919.Yale Manuscripts and Archives.
  • Typewritten copies of letters from men at the front, etc.; call number Z44 27, Beinecke Library.
memoires and personal narratives
  • Friends of France; the Field Service of the American Ambulance described by its members, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916. SML, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale (Bi66 855gt).
  • Rowland Strong, The diary of an English resident in France during twenty-two weeks of war time..., London, Nash, 1915. Call number Bi66 553 1; Sterling Memorial Library.
  • Rudyard Kipling, France at war : on the frontier of civilization, Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & co., 1915. Call number Ip K628 915fb; Beinecke Library .
art and music from the front
  • ‘Marching Songs: a handbook of nation melodies for our soldiers in camp, barracks, or on the march’ 1914, VL18 118, Mudd Library.
WWI Photo of Soldiers

World War I, 1915. GEN MSS 130. Folder 49, 1938. Photo #17. Image ID 3600515. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University.


  • World War, 1914-1918—Battlefields
  • World War, 1914-1918—Campaigns
  • World War, 1914-1918—Casualties
  • World War, 1914-1918—Draft resisters
  • World War, 1914-1918—Personal narratives
  • World War, 1914-1918—Prisoners and prisons
  • World War, 1914-1918—Recruitment and enlistment
  • World War, 1914-1918—Songs and music
  • World War, 1914-1918—Trench warfare