I seek support for research on the impression made by the environmental devastation of the Western Front on British soldiers during the Great War. My aim is to illustrate through five case studies (J.H. Becker, Edmund Blunden, Norman F. Ellison, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Frederick Varley) the extent to which the experience of modern industrial warfare's power to unmake the natural environment shaped soldiers' later conceptions and representations of 'nature' and even their attitudes towards modernity and industrial civilization. This project, which will be conducted during my upcoming sabbatical from Albion College, constitutes a new direction for me in four distinct areas: subject matter, methodology, audience, and dissemination. Both the Great War and environmental history are entirely new areas of research for me. And, although it will involve conventional historical research in archives and museums, experiential strategies (namely a walking tour of the British sector of the Western Front and a canoe trip in Algonquin Park where Varley did much of his painting after the War) are central to this project. While the results of this research will include scholarly presentations and publications, I also hope to reach a popular audience for the first time. To this end I will employ a variety of digital media including GPS tracking, photo streams, audio and video podcasts, blog posts, and discussion fora. Support for this project will provide an opportunity for personal and professional revitalization by broadening my intellectual horizons as well as my pedagogical range, and my command of new media.