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An exhausted British soldier asleep in a front line trench at Thiepval, Somme. September 1916.

An exhausted British soldier asleep in a front line trench at Thiepval, Somme. September [Colorized by Dave Chandler]

WWI British soldiers by hoosiermarine, via Flickr

BEF - Two British privates wearing Service Dress Jackets - British Pattern - 5 Front Buttons; and Rifle Patches above Breast Pockets.

World War One wounded British soldier

World War I could have been over by Christmas: 1914: FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT: BRITAIN, THE ARMY AND THE COMING OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR BY ALLAN MALLINSON

In the deluge of books to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War, it is refreshing to find one written by a former soldier who is also an accomplished military historian, contends SIMON HEFFER

Portrait of J B McDowell, one of the British official cameraman on the Western Front during the First World War, photographed wearing a steel helmet and posed with a Moy and Bastie cine camera.

CAMERA~Portrait of J B McDowell, one of the British official cameraman on the Western Front during the First World War, photographed wearing a steel helmet and posed with a Moy and Bastie cine camera.

Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener. Commanded British troops at the beginning of World War I until his death in 1916 when the ship he was aboard struck a German mine.

Commanded British troops at the beginning of World War I until his death in 1916 when the ship he was aboard struck a German mine.

World War I - Trenches could be hundreds of miles long, and would require constant upkeep.

Never-Before-Published Photos Show What WWI Trench Warfare Really Looked Like

WWI - French officers inspecting trenches on the Argonne front, eastern France, [reuters-odette carrez]

Salvation Army nurses offering food and drinks to soldiers, World War I, 1914-1918.

Salvation Army nurses offering food and drinks to soldiers, World War I,

Senegalese and Algerian soldiers WW1 - An estimated 500,000 Africans were deployed in the French and British forces; some as labourers, others as fighting soldiers.  Of the 1,186,000 French troops killed or missing in action in WWI, 71,100 were from the French colonies of Algeria, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia and Madagascar. Fatalities included thousands of Muslim soldiers.

Senegalese and Algerian soldiers WW1 - An estimated 500,000 Africans were deployed in the French and British forces; some as labourers, others as fighting soldiers. Of the 1,186,000 French troops killed or missing in action in WWI, 71,100 were from the French colonies of Algeria, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia and Madagascar. Fatalities included thousands of Muslim soldiers.

An African American soldier from 1914. Love this photo...

James Reese Europe: During World War I Europe led the all-Black Infantry band, which toured France and was famous for its syncopations and expressive colors.

Song composed by Dòmhnall Ruadh Chorùna (Donald MacDonald of Coruna), a Scottish-Gaelic poet from North Uist, whilst fighting in the battle of the Somme, in the trenches of the Great War, for his love, Mhagaidh Nic Leòid (Maggie MacLeod). As performed by Julie Fowlis from the album Dual, that is very much recommended to lovers of Gaelic song and/or culture.

British troops carry a wounded soldier in Ypres, Belgium, in 1917

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