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    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 restored.

    A group of men and women are seen here in uniform, circa 1917.

    History in Photos: Frederick Nelson Jones. Hospital supplies being packed and sent to Egypt and England from the Nelson Red Cross depot, ca. 1915

    Soldiers participating in bayonet practice at Camp Bowie in Fort Worth, Texas., ca. 1918.

    Photograph is of unidentified American soldiers with a photographer during a photoshoot during World War I, ca. 1918.

    Pvt. Henry Gunther was killed at 10:59 a.m. on November 11, 1918 in an inexplicable charge against a German machine gun battery. His fellow troops - and even the enemy - tried to stop his charge. Instead he was shot and killed one minute before the armistice that ended World War I went into effect. Pvt. Gunther was the last soldier killed in action during the Great War.

    When the United States entered the First World War, U.S. Commander-in-Chief General John Pershing signed General Order #26-II-1 which established servicemen’s centers in Europe. The General Order, published on August 28, 1917, stated that the Y.M.C.A. would “provide for the amusement and recreation of the troops by means of its usual programme of social, physical, educational, and religious services”. The Eagle Hut in London opened on September 3, 1917 and was staffed by around 800 volunteers.

    The word “dogfight” originated during World War I. Often times, pilots had to turn off the plane’s engine while in the air to keep it from stalling when doing sharp turns. When the pilot would restart the engine, it was said to have sounded like dogs barking.

    Young women delivering ice, 1918.

    American Solider Boarding Train to the Front, England c. WWI via Imperial War Museum

    WWI soldier facial reconstruction, ca. 1920

    American soldiers getting their bowls of chocolate and rolls in the American Red Cross canteen at Toulouse, France, ca. 1917-1919.

    Crowds filling streets surrounding City Hall in Philadelphia to celebrate Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. Photograph shows replica Statue of Liberty, which was unveiled on April 6, 1918 during the Third Liberty Loan drive.

    American soldiers getting their bowls of chocolate and rolls in the American Red Cross canteen at Toulouse, France, ca. 1917-1919.

    School children holding one of the large heads of cabbage raised in the war garden of Public School 88, Borough of Queens, New York City. The garden covers a tract of 1< acres and yielded over $500 worth of produce, ca. 1918.

    U.S. soldiers in trench putting on gas masks. Behind them, a signal rocket appears to be in mid-launch. When gas attacks were detected, alarms used included gongs and signal rockets.

    Nurse and patient at Walter Reed Army Hospital circa 1918

    On the Western Front, a group of captured Allied soldiers are photographed. They represented 8 nationalities: Anamite (Vietnamese), Tunisian, Senegalese, Sudanese, Russian, American, Portuguese, and English. This shows just how global a fight World War I was. At this time, some colonies were required to send men to fight on behalf of their sovereign country.

    American soldiers, members of Maryland’s 117th Trench Mortar Battery, operating a trench mortar. This gun and crew kept up a continuous fire throughout the raid of March 4, 1918 in Badonviller, Muerthe et Modselle, France.

    19 Sep 43: British Air Ministry says that Hamburg now lies in absolute ruins and is "probably the most complete blotting out of a city that ever happened." More: scanningwwii.com/a #WWII

    Baseball ushers, Chicago, 1918. #WW1

    Soldier on a U.S. Harley-Davidson motorcycle, ca. 1918. During the last years of the war, the United States deployed more than 20,000 Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles overseas.

    Did you know that Robert Frost's infamous poem "The Road Not Taken" has a World War I back story? Follow the link to read the story.

    Robert Frost’s WWI Draft Card which has his occupation listed as Professor at Amherst College in Massachusetts.

    An aerial photographer with a Graflex camera, ca. 1917-18.