For much of the First World War, the small French village of Vignacourt was always behind the front lines ¿ as a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops of all nationalities moving up to and then back from the battlefields on the Somme.

Photos show faces of First World War soldiers on the eve of battle

For much of the First World War, the small French village of Vignacourt was always behind the front lines ¿ as a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops of all nationalities moving up to and then back from the battlefields on the Somme.

A British WWI soldier on the Western Front - 1 of 4,000 photos uncovered in an attic in Northern France.  For much of the war, the small French village of Vignacourt was always behind the front lines – as a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops of all nationalities moving up to and then back from the battlefields of the Somme.

Photos show faces of First World War soldiers on the eve of battle

A British WWI soldier on the Western Front - 1 of 4,000 photos uncovered in an attic in Northern France. For much of the war, the small French village of Vignacourt was always behind the front lines – as a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops of all nationalities moving up to and then back from the battlefields of the Somme.

Shane Matthew Neave joked soldiers could use the ‘explosive’ product in war zones when he said: 'Samsung have announced a new product launch, the Samsung Galaxy 7 grenade.'

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mocked in hilarious memes

Shane Matthew Neave joked soldiers could use the ‘explosive’ product in war zones when he said: 'Samsung have announced a new product launch, the Samsung Galaxy 7 grenade.'

British 'Tommy' in full kit saying goodbye and marching off to war, 1914-18 (hand-coloured photo)

British 'Tommy' in full kit saying goodbye and marching off to war, 1914-18 (hand-coloured photo)

2 World War, planes dumping soldiers in parasuits, some has already landed, and are running to seek cover. Photo b/w, history.

2 World War, planes dumping soldiers in parasuits, some has already landed, and are running to seek cover. Photo b/w, history.

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