Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Friday, September 6, 2019

A Dozen Revealing Photos of Day-to-Day Life in the Trenches

Hundred-Year-Old Barbed Wire, Western Front

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These Canadian Troops Appear Ready for Anything

German Work Party, Probably Pioneers, Constructing a Trench

Italian Soldiers Intensely Observing the Enemy, Carso Sector

Rank Has Its Privileges: French Officers at Lunch  

German Soldiers Under Bombardment in a Underground Bunker

American Medics in a Quiet Sector, Winter of 1917–18

Bored Austrian Troops, Eastern Front

Flooded Communications Trench, Probably Flanders

French Troops Observing German-Occupied Territory

British Soldiers Baiting a Turkish Sniper, Cape Helles, Gallipoli

Check the Eyes: These Tommies Have Seen a Lot of Action


  1. Excellent set of photos. Nice variety.

  2. Why on earth were German Pioneers (image #3) issued with (apparently) white fatigue uniforms?!! Did they learn nothing from mama?

  3. Were there German regiments in which moustaches were compulsory (photo #6)?

  4. In the last photo, the Tommy on the left has the "thousand-yard stare".