They lay forgotten in a dank cellar for almost a century. But these remarkable photos, published for the first time, give a rare and uncensored view of the horrors of the First World War from behind enemy lines. The images provide an insight into the epic machinery of war – and capture the darkest moments of battle, with bodies strewn among the rubble.

Images recovered 100 years later show German soldiers during WWI

Amid the appalling devastation and bodies of dead soldiers, a crucifix stands tall – miraculously preserved from the shell fire. This powerful image was captured after a bloody skirmish in 1917 by Walter Kleinfeldt a young German artilleryman

A deserted street in London after an air raid during the 2nd World War, 1940. Colour Photos from Time & Life Pictures.

Blitz Britain: Amazing colour pictures of London under siege from Nazi bombers during World War II

A deserted street in London after an air raid during World War II, Colour Photos from Time & Life Pictures. 'The Blitz'

"The humans were terrified. Riots erupted in every major city in the world. Fanatics attacked politicians and government institutions, demanding the immediate execution of every magical being..."

"The humans were terrified. Riots erupted in every major city in the world. Fanatics attacked politicians and government institutions, demanding the immediate execution of every magical being.

The ruins of the Crystal Palace, London, after it was burned down - 30 November 1936

The ruins of the Crystal Palace, London, after it was burned down - 30 November Pinned for Mike, director of the Chrystal Palace Band

Pripyat, Ukraine Site of the infamous Chernobyl incident, the entire city had to be abandoned in 1986 due to nuclear radiation.

Haunting Photos Of Abandoned Cities Around The World

Abandoned Cities Pripyat Ghost Carnival - A testament to the destructive power of nuclear energy, Pripyat, Ukraine was a booming Russian city before the Chernobyl catastrophe.

World War I photos: Destroyed Cathedrals

Unseen World War I photos: Destroyed Cathedrals - Boing Boing


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