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A German soldier wearing infanterie-panzer armor on the Western Front, 1918. Notice the added front plate on the helmet designed to protect from snipers. The canister hung around his neck contains his gas mask. [946x1374]

A German soldier wearing infanterie-panzer armor on the Western Front, 1918. Notice the added front plate on the helmet designed to protect from snipers. The canister hung around his neck contains his gas mask. [946x1374]

The First World War: The French Tissot mask demonstrated by a French soldier. The Tissot mask was revolutionary in that it gave the wearer greater visibilty by allowing air to pass over the eye-pieces, Arras.

The First World War: The French Tissot mask demonstrated by a French soldier. The Tissot mask was revolutionary in that it gave the wearer greater visibilty by allowing air to pass over the eye-pieces, Arras.

Libanorojo • 29 weeks ago A German member of a "Trench Attack Squad" poses in steel body armor and two stick grenades. The armor, capable of stopping a pistol round but only superficially helpful against rifle fire, also helped protecting against bayonet and other edged weapons thrusts. The additional weight though fatigued the wearer quickly and defeated any tactical advantage he might have wearing it.

Libanorojo • 29 weeks ago A German member of a "Trench Attack Squad" poses in steel body armor and two stick grenades. The armor, capable of stopping a pistol round but only superficially helpful against rifle fire, also helped protecting against bayonet and other edged weapons thrusts. The additional weight though fatigued the wearer quickly and defeated any tactical advantage he might have wearing it.

“ Deutscher Graben an der Westfront,1916 ” Well that's what the title says. The trench is obviously far too shallow to be a German trench on the Western Front (the soldiers are both on their knees!), or even a captured Allied trench. It is far more likely to be a German trench on the much more fluid and ever-changing Eastern front.

“ Deutscher Graben an der Westfront,1916 ” Well that's what the title says. The trench is obviously far too shallow to be a German trench on the Western Front (the soldiers are both on their knees!), or even a captured Allied trench. It is far more likely to be a German trench on the much more fluid and ever-changing Eastern front.

World War I German Shock Troops, circa 1917. CSU Archives/Courtesy Everett Collection

World War I German Shock Troops, Circa

World War I German Shock Troops, circa 1917. CSU Archives/Courtesy Everett Collection

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

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

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