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WWI, Nov 1916, Somme, Battle of the Ancre: British soldier of a working party resting, Mametz-Contalmaison road. ©IWM

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WWI, 1916; Wounded British and German soldiers waiting to be evacuated, Battle of the Somme, circa September 1916

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July 1, 1916. The First Day of the Battle of the Somme. Despite the heavy loss of life and failure to achieve the expected breakthrough, Field Marshal Haig and General Rawlinson deemed the attack a success, so much that the offensive was to continue for a further four months, only ending with the onset of winter. - prisonersofeternity.co.uk

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An official photo describing the kit of a British infantryman in 1939. Note that the gas mask ('respirator') and anti-chemical warfare cape are parts of the outfit, remnants of WW1 memories. In actual combat, and marching with full kit, the British infantryman would carry a pack known as a "valise" that contained more clothing and personal items. Officers wore the exact same uniform save for markings of their rank.

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" The Lost Tommies" - Three slightly dishevelled young Royal Army Medical Corps men. -Doug (@colour_history) | Twitter

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from Mail Online

Heartbreaking photos of troops on the eve of the Somme 100 years ago

Compared with what was to follow, the weeks leading up to the bloodiest battle in British history were a gentle calm before the storm, as these astonishing 100-year-old photographs show.

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The remarkable Captain Flora Sandes – the only British woman to serve as a front-line soldier in WW1

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WWI; Photo taken after British soldier stumbled across the grave of his brother. -The Great War (@WW1_Series) | Twitter

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