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Black And White Photos Of World War I [18+]

26. German soldiers practice with a flame-thrower on April 4, 1917. (Source: Deutsches Bundesarchiv)

German soldiers practice with a flame-thrower on April 4, 1917

27. British tanks pass dead Germans who were alive before the cavalry advanced a few minutes before the picture was taken. (Source: National Library of Scotland)

British tanks pass dead Germans who were alive before the cavalry advanced a few minutes before the picture was taken

28. Ottoman Turk Machine Gun Corps at Tel esh Sheria Gaza Line, in 1917, part of the Sinai and Palestine Campaign. (Source: Library of Congress)

Ottoman Turk Machine Gun Corps at Tel esh Sheria Gaza Line, in 1917, part of the Sinai and Palestine Campaign

British troops were battling the the Ottoman Empire (supported by Germany), for control of the Suez Canal, Sinai Peninsula, and Palestine.

29. A German ammunition column, men and horses equipped with gas masks, pass through woods contaminated by gas in June of 1918. (Source: National Archives/Official German Photograph)

A German ammunition column, men and horses equipped with gas masks, pass through woods contaminated by gas in June of 1918

30. A German dog hospital, treating wounded dispatch dogs coming from the front, ca. 1918. (Source: National Archive/Official German Photograph of WWI)

A German dog hospital, treating wounded dispatch dogs coming from the front, ca. 1918

31. U.S. Army Company A, Ninth Machine Gun Battalion. Three soldiers man set up a machine gun in railroad shop in Chateau Thierry, France, on June 7, 1918. (Source: NARA)

Three soldiers man set up a machine gun in railroad shop in Chateau Thierry, France, on June 7, 1918

32. An Austrian armored train in Galicia, ca, 1915. (Source: Library of Congress)

An Austrian armored train in Galicia, ca, 1915

Adding armor to trains dates back to the American Civil War, used as a way to safely move weapons and personnel through hostile territory.

33. Soldier on a U.S. Harley-Davidson motorcycle, ca. 1918. (Source: San Diego Air and Space Museum)

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.

34. An experimental Red Cross vehicle designed to protect the wounded while gathering them from trenches during World War I, ca. 1915. (Source: Library of Congress)

An experimental Red Cross vehicle designed to protect the wounded while gathering them from trenches during World War I, ca. 1915

The narrow wheels and low clearance would likely make this design ineffective in the chaotic and muddy front line landscape.

35. A German soldier holds the handset of a field telephone to his head, as two others hold a spool of wire, presumably unspooling it as they head into the field. (Source: National Archives)

A German soldier holds the handset of a field telephone to his head, as two others hold a spool of wire, presumably unspooling it as they head into the field

36. Women working in the welding Department of the Lincoln Motor Co., in Detroit, Michigan, ca. 1918. (Source: U.S. Army Signal Corps/Library of Congress)

Women working in the welding Department of the Lincoln Motor Co., in Detroit, Michigan, ca. 1918

37. A German soldier holds a camera, standing in front of a destroyed British Mark IV (female) tank and the burned remains of its crew in 1917. (Source: Deutsches Bundesarchiv)

A German soldier holds a camera, standing in front of a destroyed British Mark IV (female) tank and the burned remains of its crew in 1917

38. A patient is examined in a mobile radiology lab, belonging to the French Army, ca. 1914. (Source: Bibliotheque nationale de France)

A patient is examined in a mobile radiology lab, belonging to the French Army, ca. 1914

39. A pigeon with a small camera attached. (Source: Deutsches Bundesarchiv)

A pigeon with a small camera attached

The trained birds were used experimentally by German citizen Julius Neubronner, before and during the war years, capturing aerial images when a timer mechanism clicked the shutter.

40. Annamese (colonial troops from French Indochina) disembarking at Camp Saint-Raphael. (Source: Bibliotheque nationale de France)

Annamese (colonial troops from French Indochina) disembarking at Camp Saint-Raphael

Over the course of the war, nearly 100,000 Indochinese were deployed in Europe, most as laborers, but several thousand also served in combat battalions.

41. Dead Romanian soldiers near Kronstadt (now Stalin), Romania, in 1916. (Source: Library of Congress)

Dead Romanian soldiers near Kronstadt (now Stalin), Romania, in 1916

42. A military camp for Australian soldiers in Egypt, during WWI. (Source: State Library of South Australia)

A military camp for Australian soldiers in Egypt, during WWI

43. Austrian soldiers mete out punishment to Russian prisoners. (Source: Brett Butterworth)

Austrian soldiers mete out punishment to Russian prisoners

Austria-Hungary took over a million prisoners of war during the Great War, the vast majority being Russians. Using POW labor, the Austro-Hungarians built large POW and civilian internment camps, usually near near major railway lines, which supported the transportation of prisoners and supplies.

44. In the Dardanelles, the allied fleet blows up a disabled ship that interfered with navigation. (Source: Bibliotheque nationale de France)

In the Dardanelles, the allied fleet blows up a disabled ship that interfered with navigation

45. United States Marines and Sailors posing on unidentified ship (likely either the USS Pennsylvania or USS Arizona), in 1918. (Source: National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, USA)

United States Marines and Sailors posing on unidentified ship (likely either the USS Pennsylvania or USS Arizona), in 1918

46. “Life in the Navy”, Fencing aboard a Japanese battleship. (Source: Library of Congress)

Life in the Navy, Fencing aboard a Japanese battleship

47. An aircraft in flames falls from the sky. (Source: National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, USA)

An aircraft in flames falls from the sky

48. Japanese aviator, 1914. (Source: Bibliotheque nationale de France)

Japanese aviator, 1914

49. British soldier poses in mouth of a captured 38 caliber gun during World War I. (Source: AP Photo)

British soldier poses in mouth of a captured 38 caliber gun during World War I

50. French soldier whose face was mutilated in World War I, being fitted with a mask made at the American Red Cross studio of Anna Coleman Ladd. (Source: Library of Congress)

French soldier whose face was mutilated in World War I, being fitted with a mask made at the American Red Cross studio of Anna Coleman Ladd

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