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Soldiers’ experiences of World War I in photographs

The confident grin of an ace fighter pilot, the thousand yard stare of a young soldier taking a smoke break in a subterranean shelter, a howitzer glowing in an open field, sailors framed in moonlight off the deck of a submarine pointed towards an empty horizon — The Great War: A Combat History of the First World War by Peter Hart resurrects in language and photographs the soldiers’ experiences of World War I. In the slideshow below, explore a rare and beautiful collection of photographs taken from almost every angle of the battlefield, from the Allied’s to the Central Power’s trenches, to the ghostly space in between.

Image Credit: All images courtesy of the Imperial War Museum in London.

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