Chilling Photographs That'll Change Your Perspective

By Sophia Maddox | September 15, 2023

All over Belgium and France and the Western Front of WWI, German soldiers reinforced their trenches and readied themselves to fight the enemy. 

Things aren’t always as they seem. This collection of photographs will show you a view of history – its people, places, and events – that offers a different perspective than what we see in our history books. You will see famous people before they were stars, the final moments of some people’s lives, fads and trends of the past, and some intriguing slices of life in days gone by. History is full of fascinating little tidbits that make for wonderful stories. All we need to do to find them is to change our perspective.

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By any means necessary, this German soldier is prepared to defend himself with whatever weapon he can use. (Wikipedia)

Historians call World War I the “war of trenches”. Machine guns and heavy artillery on the front lines forced both sides to dig in for protection. As the fighting raged, each side tried to breach the other’s trenches. When that happened, the loss of life was horrendous. It moved the fighting from tanks and guns to hand-to-hand combat. The trenches ran red with the blood of the fallen soldiers. The German soldier in this photograph is armed and ready to protect himself, his trench, and his fellow soldiers from an invading enemy. Many trenches left over from World War I still dot the landscape of Germany, France, and Belgium. 

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The train conductor was behind schedule so he had increased the train's speed before the crash. (

Someone forgot to hit the brakes. Literally. When the Granville-Paris Express came roaring into the Gare Montparnasse station, the conductor had the train going too fast and he failed to apply the brakes. The train crashed through the station and plowed through the back wall to dangle above the street. Miraculously, none of the passengers or crew on the train were severely injured but, sadly, one innocent person the street below was killed by falling bricks. The train hung from the building for a few days, giving plenty of time for folks to flock to the scene with their cameras for a once-in-a-lifetime photo opp.