WWI, French Red Cross dog with gas mask, 1917 - Dogs had a vital part to play in World War One as the complexes of trenches spread throughout the Western Front. Dogs were used as messengers and proved to be as reliable as soldiers in the dangerous job of running messages. A trained dog was faster than a human runner, presented less of a target to a sniper and could travel over any terrain.
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A Shell Shocked soldier in a trench during the Battle of Courcelette in mid-September 1916. It has been described as a reaction to the intensity of the bombardment and fighting that produced a helplessness appearing variously as panic, or flight, an inability to reason, sleep, walk or talk. "Simply put, after even the most obedient soldier had enough shells rain down on him, without any means of fighting back, he often lost all self control."
WW1: Indian cavalrymen, belonging to the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), on the Western Front in 1914. The British, and to a lesser extent the French, brought substantial numbers of colonial troops to the European war.
WW1 Christmas Eve, 1914, not a shot was fired, as British and German soldiers played football and handed out drinks, cigars and souvenirs. It was possibly the most poignant moment of the Great War and for several days afterwards the two sides appeared reluctant to fire on the men they had met face to face. Will we ever learn from history the futility of war? British/German
Militarism/Imperialism. Another British recruitment poster. England had over the years fallen behind Germany in military strength. England hoped to gain more manpower by recruiting men from its western colony Canada which was still governed by the UK and had the king of England as the head of state. This was a good example of how Britain was able to use its empire.
This image from World War I shows mules transporting aerial torpedoes through the Argonne Forest in France. They are being led by French troops. Mules along with horses were vital on the Western Front. They had extraordinary stamina even in severe weather conditions. They were often the only means of getting supplies to the front and getting guns and torpedoes moved from place to place through difficult terrain.
WW1: Officers of the Indian Army on leave from the Western front, visit the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. December 1915. Indian infantry had been already withdrawn from the Western Front by the end of 1915. Climatic conditions, heavy casualties, and the death of the majority of English officers commanding Indian troops led the British HQ to wisely withdraw Indian foot units to more suitable areas of deployment.