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As we remember 100 years since the First World War, here are 20 iconic photos taken in the trenches and front lines. Photographers risked their lives alongside soldiers to bring the story of the war home.
Dubbed ‘The War To End War’, the WWI was a futile and wholly avoidable conflict.
Political meddling and nefarious ambition led to a war that claimed 17 million lives and left 21 million injured.
These 20 photos are our selection of the best from the trenches and front lines of the war. Watch the video for HD resolution or see the photos below.
1. British/ANZAC trench, Northern France
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3. The town of Gommecourt on the front line
4. A German soldier throws a hand grenade
5. Brits at the Third Battle of Ypres
6. An aerial view of the Western Front
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7. Pill box demolishers
8. A German prisoner with British soldier
9. British artillery bombards German positions on the Western Front
10. Soldiers in the trenches write letters home
11. Aerial view of the Somme Front
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12. Gas attack on the Flanders front
13. Australian soldier rescues a comrade
14. Slavic soldiers as the German cavalry broke through
15. The 9th British Lancers charging German artillery
16. A wounded soldier receives treatment
17. Chateau Woods, 3rd Battle of Ypres, 1917
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18. French soldiers in a bayonet charge
19. War Rations
20. Soldier at Grave
Let us never forget!