What's new? Site update log
This section of the Long, Long Trail will be helpful for anyone wishing to track its development and see what's new..
If you have any ideas or comments about the Long, Long Trail - content you would like to see added, views about presentation, navigability and so on - please contact me via About the author.
Continued additions to Insights.
Added new Google Earth and Satnav guides to Somme area.
Revamp continues but all Despatches from France and Flanders now complete.
Several new insights and extra parts of "Research a soldier" added.
Moved the Hall of Memory and Guestbook into a new interactive area, Ask Away .
Added a main menu link to Commander's Despatches
New tour itinerary Ypres Salient in 1 day - highlights for those in without much time.
All regular and new army ORBATS now completed.
Most battle details (ORBATS) completed.
New Insight on the Territorial Force
Revamp continues, with Divisional ORBATS and battle details being added back into site.
New Insight on the Christmas truce of 1914.
New Insight on women's organisations and researching granny's service.
August to November 2008
Complete revamp of the look and feel of the site. This was a major piece of work, redesigning the site and modifying the thousands of pages of content. As well as improving and modernising the way the page appears to the user, the opportunity was taken to fix typos, add pieces of content and tidy up the coding. This is the most complete reworking of the site since it was first begun.
Long overdue addition of orders of battle of Australian, Canadian and New Zealand Divisions.
New Insight on the renumbering of the army in 1920.
Added the reserve regiments to the cavalry section.
Added indexes to Heavy and Siege Artillery Batteries of the Royal Garrison Artillery.
The Long, Long Trail was first started under the title "The British Army in the Great War" in 1995. It was, and remains, a hobby of its author, Chris Baker. My original intention was simply to build a presentation of the order of battle (that is, the structure of the army) but I found myself having to add other areas in order to explain things. Many people emailed me asking for advice on researching a soldier, and that developed into a major and very popular area of the site. In its very earliest days the site doubled as a web presence for the Western Front Association. From the beginning I added a discussion forum, which subsequently underwent two major changes of technology to keep up with growth. In 2008, having reached about 20,000 members, I detached what was now the renowned " Great War Forum" from the Long, Long Trail and was happy to hand it over to its group of moderators. So my heartfelt thanks to those who have visited my site since those far off times and welcome to new visitors who may be browsing for the first time.