A German messenger dog leaps a trench, possibly near Sedan on the Western Front, May 1917. Two soldiers are just visible in the trench behind and beneath the dog. German First World War Official Exchange Collection, IWM.
Dramatic photographs from WW1 that show the carnage... and courage
Doomed? One of the most iconic images of the war shows soldiers of the Royal Irish Rifles waiting to join the offensive on the Somme on 1 July, 1916. There were 60,000 British casualties that day - almost 20,000 died. The battle continued until mid-November, but no other day produced such appalling losses