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Stunning WWI photography that is both devastating and otherworldly (42 Photos)

An Australian machine gunner has fixed his Lewis gun bipod on a tree stump and opens fire on German planes, Aug 1918. His feeder is ready with another pan magazine. The Lewis was quite effective against WW1 planes and their light structures.

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In their own words: The unpublished photos and letters from the frontline on the 90th anniversary of the Armistice

A British soldier brings back a wounded German prisoner at the Somme

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The storming of Le Quesnoy by New Zealand troops, World War I, 4 November 1918. One of the most gallant feats of the closing days of the Great War. The brick rampart was crowned with German machine-guns, but the New Zealanders managed to bring up a 30 ft ladder, and ascended in single file amid a hail of bullets, soon driving the enemy down the reverse slope of the bastion and capturing the town. Illustration for The Wonder Book of Soldiers (Ward Lock, c 1920).

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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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WWI. German officer outside his digs in a well established trench system. Some were so well built that they had electric and water pipes. Rumours even indicate officers having captured pianos in their dug-outs.

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

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WW1. The surprising thing to me is not the number of men who understandably broke down in this hell-hole, but the number who did not.

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