Heartbreaking photos of troops on the eve of the Somme 100 years ago

Heartbreaking photos of troops on the eve of the Somme 100 years ago

Knee-deep in mud: Wading through a trench on the Somme are Major Beauchamp Magrath (left) of the East Lancashire Regiment, killed on June and Captain Paul Hammond, right, who died on February The other two soldiers are not identified.

The three Triple Entente leaders; David Lloyd George (England), Raymond Poincare (France), and Czar Nicholas II (Russia).

World War I, The Triple Entente, French Canvas Print / Canvas Art by Everett

The three Triple Entente leaders; David Lloyd George (England), Raymond Poincare (France), and Czar Nicholas II (Russia).

[Each Leader of the Triple Entente] France: George Clemceau.  At the time of World War 1, he was a French Statesman that led the country in the war.

[Each Leader of the Triple Entente] France: George Clemceau. At the time of World War 1, he was a French Statesman that led the country in the war.

map of both opposing armies, the triple entente in the Red, and the triple alliance in Green.

map of both opposing armies, the triple entente in the Red, and the triple alliance in Green.

British leader, Prime Minister Asquith. Involved in the Triple Entente.

British leader, Prime Minister Asquith. Involved in the Triple Entente.

Triple Entente contained Russia, France, and Brtitian and was an alliance during the beginning of WW1. Unfortunately Russia had to leave to fight their own civil war,but this gave Italy and America to join this alliance.

Triple Entente contained Russia, France, and Brtitian and was an alliance during the beginning of WW1. Unfortunately Russia had to leave to fight their own civil war,but this gave Italy and America to join this alliance.

WWI - Triple Entente Field Guns & Mortars: Livens with his 'Livens Projector'. The Livens Projector was a simple mortar-like weapon that could throw large drums filled with flammable or toxic chemicals. In the First World War, the Livens Projector became the British Army's standard means of delivering gas attacks and it remained in its arsenal until the early years of the Second World War.

WWI - Triple Entente Field Guns & Mortars: Livens with his 'Livens Projector'. The Livens Projector was a simple mortar-like weapon that could throw large drums filled with flammable or toxic chemicals. In the First World War, the Livens Projector became the British Army's standard means of delivering gas attacks and it remained in its arsenal until the early years of the Second World War.

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