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45 Most Powerful Images Of World War I

World War I | August 23, 2015

When we think of the First World War, we think of the horrific images of a bloodbath fought in the trenches of the Western Front. It’s the first war to happen on a global scale, fought in every ocean and almost every continent.

In honor of all the fallen soldiers who've fought for his country, here are 45 of the most arresting photos from World War I:

1. A soldier pays respect at a colleague's grave near Cape Helles, where the Gallipoli landings took place, 1915

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2. British soldiers posing in front a newly captured German trench, pointing to a sign that says “Old Hun Line.”

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3. A combat engineer listens to German movement near Verdun, 1915

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4. Indian soldiers digging trenches, 1915

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Charles Hilton DeWitt Girdwood / Crown Copyright

5. Two soldiers inspect an umbrella.

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6. Tensions lifted after a rare temporary truce and enjoyed a football kick-around, 1915

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7. German troops play football behind the lines, 1915

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8. Portraits of German prisoners

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9. Soldiers peer through a shell hole

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10. A cavalry officer smokes a pipe as his horse trots its way down the steep slope of a mine crater

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11. Two soldiers enjoying a jar of rum

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National Library of Scotland

12. British soldiers in a dugout

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13. At a signal station for the Dehra Dun Brigade, the soldiers in the middle are on telephones, taking down messages, 1915.

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14. Off-duty relaxation

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15. A captured German aeroplane

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16. Soldiers and locals sitting outside a German building with the door smeared with “Gott strafe England," which means “God punish England.”

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17. French troops throw rocks at advancing German troops from their hillside trench in the Vosges, 1916

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18. A Japanese soldier tries to rouse a fallen comrade

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19. A derelict train with soldiers inside it, France

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20. Soldiers in a trench wearing paper hats from Christmas crackers while a sentry uses a mirror to keep watch on no-man’s land, France, 1916

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21. Messenger dogs with their handler, France.

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22. Soldiers standing in mud, France.

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23. Taking a nap, Thievpal, France

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24. British soldiers walk on a shell-cratered winter landscape along the Somme, 1916

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25. A British soldier transporting shells using a wheelbarrow, Messines, Belgium, 1917

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26. Locals and soldiers of the Royal Army Medical Corps give refreshments to the wounded, 1916

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27. A British soldier looks out of a dugout with the body of a dead German soldier laying nearby, 1916

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28. Brigadier-General J.V. Campbell (on bridge) congratulate soldiers of the 46th Division after they successfully crossed the St Quentin Canal

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29. The 1st battalion of the 4th Ghurkha Rifles in a line for inspection

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Charles Hilton DeWitt Girdwood / Crown Copyright

30. Soldiers coming out of a trench with their bayonets, ready for attack

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31. Soldiers attend a church service in a field

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32. An officer in his hut dug into the side of a trench

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33. A sergeant reading a sign that says: “Kindness to animals. 500 horses lamed weekly by nails dropped on roads and horse lines by cookers carrying firewood with nails left in. Please remove nails.”

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National Library of Scotland

34. The 9th British Lancers charging German artillery, France, 1916

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35. Bombarding of Saint-Bertin church, 1916

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36. German troops with gas masks throw hand grenades, April 23, 1916

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37. Manufactured poison gas was used on a large scale for the very first time during World War.

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French troops wearing gas masks at the Second Battle of Ypres, 1916

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38. American soldier suffocating on the western front.

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39. A soldier demonstrate an ungainly French gas mask. As historian Gerald Fitgerald wrote, "French masks were notoriously unreliable."

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40. A French strongman soldier lifting a cannon overhead with three of his comrades on it, 1917

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41. 55th Division of the British Army blinded by a poison gas attack, April 1918

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42. The bodies of hundreds of Italian soldiers strewn across the battlefield. They were died of gas and flame attacks.

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43. Both German horses and soldiers wear gas masks as during the Second Battle of the Aisne at Soissons, France, June 1918

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44. French soldiers attacking German trenches with gas and flame, Flanders, Belgium, 1918

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45. German prisoners of war gathered at a clearing station after the successful Allied Forces offensive near Amiens, France. General Ludendorff described it as “The Black Day of the German Army,” 1918.

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