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Portrait of Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery on his appointment as Colonel Commandant of the Parachute Regiment, 1944.

Portrait of Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery on his appointment as Colonel Commandant of the Parachute Regiment, 1944.

“This [British] soldier was facing a hostile crowd of youngsters and, for a moment, his expression revealed his disdain.”    Northern Ireland - 1972

“This [British] soldier was facing a hostile crowd of youngsters and, for a moment, his expression revealed his disdain.” Northern Ireland - 1972

Compared with what was to follow, the weeks leading up to the bloodiest battle in British history were a gentle calm before the storm, as these astonishing 100-year-old photographs show.

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

Compared with what was to follow, the weeks leading up to the bloodiest battle in British history were a gentle calm before the storm, as these astonishing 100-year-old photographs show.

Photographs show British and German soldiers with pets in WW1 France

Photographs show British and German soldiers with pets in WW1 France

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