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British soldiers negotiating a shell-cratered, Winter landscape along the River Somme in late 1916 after the close of the Allied offensive

In pictures: Battle of the Somme

The Most Powerful Images Of World War I - British soldiers negotiate a shell-cratered winter landscape along the Somme in late 1916 after the close of the Allied offensive.

Empty shell casings after a British artillery bombardment.

"Empty shell casings and ammunition boxes representing a small sample of the ammunition used by the British Army in the bombardment of Fricourt, France, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1 July Australian War Memorial.

Masses of British prisoners captured during the Spring Offensive, March-April 1918.

Masses of British prisoners captured during the Spring Offensive, March-April

A British sentry cuts a lonely picture as he stands at his post at sunrise in France, March 1915

World War One realities pictured: 30 emotive images

on Western Front". British sentry cuts a lonely picture as he stands at his post at sunrise in France, March 1915

When able to rest, soldiers in front line trenches would try and shelter from the elements in dugouts. These varied from deep underground shelters to small hollows in the side of trenches – as shown here.  "Men resting in sleeping shelters dug into the side of a trench near Contalmaison."

Guerra e Luoghi British soldiers resting in sleeping shelters in a trench. Battle of the Somme,September type of "accommodation" left a lot to be desired, Sleep deprivation was one of the most serious side effects of trench warfare.

British soldier with fixed bayonet, First World War, 1914-1918. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images) -> I think the thing about the 'rogue knitters' is hysterical!

British soldier with fixed bayonet, First World War, (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images) -> I think the thing about the 'rogue knitters' is hysterical!

Shell Shock

Shell Shock, WWI During this time of war, the human race is introduced to shell shock and post-traumatic stress disorder.

We will never forget the soldiers that lost there lives fighting of our great country

We will never forget the soldiers that lost there lives fighting of our great country 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

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