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A direct hit upon a German dugout during the Battle of the Somme, 1916

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WW1: One of the most publicized photos of WW1 shows a British trench during a lull. Note those "resting", two of them on the floor of the trench. One rifleman remains on guard in case the enemy decides on a sudden attack.

One of the most publicized photos of shows a British trench during a lull. Note those "resting", two of them on the floor of the trench. One rifleman remains on guard in case the enemy decides on a sudden attack.

WWI. German gas attack seen from the air, The Illustrated London News, 15 December 1918.

The Illustrated London News December 1915 showing an aerial gas attack in World War I.

When able to rest, soldiers in front line trenches would try and shelter from the elements in dugouts. These varied from deep underground shelters to small hollows in the side of trenches – as shown here.

Guerra e Luoghi British soldiers resting in sleeping shelters in a trench. Battle of the Somme,September type of "accommodation" left a lot to be desired, Sleep deprivation was one of the most serious side effects of trench warfare.

Two Australian Soldiers relaxing under an ‘Elephant Iron’ shelter at Westhoek Ridge, Flanders, Belgium. c. Late September 1917. [Colorized by Royston Leonard]

Two Australian Soldiers relaxing under an ‘Elephant Iron’ shelter at Westhoek Ridge, Flanders, Belgium. Late September [Colorized by Royston Leonard]

Most activity in front line trenches took place at night under cover of…

Four Canadian soldiers, sleeping and writing letters in the trenches near Willerval.

Battle of Caporetto: Dead Italian troops, killed in a gas attack by German troops, on the heights of Tolmein, November 1917.

historicaltimes: “ Battle of Caporetto: Dead Italian troops, killed in a gas attack by German troops, on the heights of Tolmein, November Continua a leggere ”

Bilder des Todes - Verweste Gefallene auf dem Kemmelberg

Bilder des Todes - Verweste Gefallene auf dem Kemmelberg

WWI, Dead German soldiers in the trenches, after the French took the region east of Souain, Champagne, 1915. - AKG Images

WWI, Dead German soldiers in the trenches, after the French took the region east of Souain, Champagne, - AKG Images

Ypres then and now … 11 November 1917: Soldiers stand at the ramparts in Ypres, Belgium, during the first world war. The town was reduced to ruins during the four years of the war as it held a strategic position on the route of the German advance into France, the Schlieffen Plan. December 2013: the scene today. In 1920, the decision was made to rebuild Ypres exactly as it was before the war with its medieval and renaissance architecture reconstructed and its remaining fortifications…

Ypres then and now … 11 November Soldiers stand at the ramparts in Ypres…

WW1, Battle of the Somme. British soldiers in dugouts on a sunken road leading to Contalmaison, July 1916. National Army Museum NAM 2001-01-279-88

Battle of the Somme. British soldiers in dugouts on a sunken road leading to Contalmaison, July National Army Museum NAM

Half a dozen dead German soldiers strewn about the wreckage of a shell hole, 31 July 1917.

Q Battle of Pilckem Ridge. Half a dozen dead German soldiers strewn about the wreckage of a shell hole 31 July

The Battle of Verdunwas fought from 21 February – 18 December 1916 during the First World War on the Western Front between the German and French armies, on hills north of Verdun-sur-Meuse in north-eastern France. The German Fifth Army attacked the defences of the Région Fortifiée de Verdun (RFV) and the Second Army on the right bank of the Meuse, intending rapidly to capture the Côtes de Meuse (Meuse Heights) from which Verdun could be overlooked and bombarded with observed artillery-fire.

German The Battle of Verdunwas, the Germans attacking French positions.

WW1 - French soldiers carrying a wounded soldier through the mud of the trenches.

WWI - French soldiers carrying a wounded soldier through the mud of the trenches.

WW1 Photographs from the war photographer Hermann Rex, in a German photo book ( 1926)

The world war in it's rough reality Very scarce photo book about WW IThe photographs selected for this book are from the German State official war photo andmoving image arc.

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