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Most activity in front line trenches took place at night under cover of darkness. During daytime soldiers would try to get some rest, but were usually only able to sleep for a few hours at a time.

Most activity in front line trenches took place at night under cover of darkness. During daytime soldiers would try to get some rest, but were usually only able to sleep for a few hours at a time.

The following photos were taken from 1914-1918 by my great-grandfather Lt. Walter Koessler during his time as a German officer in the first World War.

The following photos were taken from 1914-1918 by my great-grandfather Lt. Walter Koessler during his time as a German officer in the first World War.

First Attack on Mametz Wood (7)

First Attack on Mametz Wood (7)

Cardiff Men at Mametz Wood, 12th July 1916

Cardiff Men at Mametz Wood, 12th July 1916

Up and at 'em! British soldiers  go into action, but the man in the foreground  has fallen before even leaving  the trench. Note the reinforced concrete bunkers in the background which have already suffered heavy artillery pounding

Up and at 'em! British soldiers go into action, but the man in the foreground has fallen before even leaving the trench. Note the reinforced concrete bunkers in the background which have already suffered heavy artillery pounding

"Germans bombing all day. Poilus bury themselves in their holes." Verdun1916 (@1916_Verdun) | Twitter

"Germans bombing all day. Poilus bury themselves in their holes." Verdun1916 (@1916_Verdun) | Twitter

In The Trenches Of World War II Vintage 8x10 Reprint Of Old Photo

In The Trenches Of World War II Vintage 8x10 Reprint Of Old Photo

Hole in the Helmet - “Saved by shrapnell [sic] helmet. This soldier, on the way to hospital after being bandaged at Field Dressing Station, shows the helmet which saved his life.” 1914-1918.

Hole in the Helmet - “Saved by shrapnell [sic] helmet. This soldier, on the way to hospital after being bandaged at Field Dressing Station, shows the helmet which saved his life.” 1914-1918.