In this post, we'll take a look into scenes of trench warfare in World War I.
In 1914, every superpower in Europe went to war after a dispute between Austria and Serbia escalated into a multi-national conflict. The first World War, or "the Great War" as it was known then, would last until 1918. Up until 1914, the great armies of Europe fought battles over open ground, but the invention of rapid-fire rifles and machine guns forced the soldiers of the allied and central powers to dig into the contested European countryside for protection.
A French soldier walks through a trench line in 1914, shortly after the wars outbreak. The French army did not wear camouflage, but instead gray or blue overcoats over sky blue or red pants.
Here, a French Algerian colonial soldier keeps watch over the stretch of no-man's land between the lines.
He is armed with a French machine-gun that would be used throughout the war, though it was known for malfunctioning.
Four years after the wars start, the Americans entered the conflict on the Allied power's side against Germany, Turkey, Austria and Bulgaria. The Trenches were still the main tactic in combat.
Daily life in the rain-soaked trenches was very hard. Rats, lice and disease infested the soldier's living conditions,
While constant enemy shelling rained down on the soldiers relentlessly, wrecking havoc on the soldier's nerves, morale and earthen dugouts.