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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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A German Tank of WW1.  These monsters with a crew of 16 from 6 corps were first encountered by Australian troops at Villers-Bretoneux.

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A shell shocked soldier in the trenches during World War One. "I don't know why, but I find this image strangely beautiful. Grievous, but beautiful. I am not sure of the photographer of this piece or the name of the soldier in the photo. I do know that it is the cover image of the book "Broken Men: Shell Shock, Treatment and Recovery in Britain, 1914-30," written by Fiona Reid. If anyone knows the photographer's name, I would appreciate it very much."~Sethaka.

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This captures the horrors of WWI perfectly. As we approach the hundredth anniversary we would do well to remember.

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British 'Tommy' in full kit saying goodbye and marching off to war, 1914-18 (hand-coloured photo)

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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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Mutt was a YMCA cigarette delivery dog during WWI. These dogs delivered cigarettes and even provided psychological comfort, even just for a fleeting moment, to the soldiers out on the field. They were known to boost moral. Mutt was injured twice during WWI. Quite often, mascots such as Mutt were left behind when conflict was over but it is said that Mutt was smuggled on board and returned safely to New York.

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