Clint Westwood
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WW1 trenches at Hill 62 and Sanctuary Wood Battle of Ypres taking place in Belgium

WW1 trenches at Hill 62 and Sanctuary Wood Battle of Ypres taking place in Belgium

Memories: The land is still pockmarked with the trenches and craters left behind after the fierce fighting

Memories: The land is still pockmarked with the trenches and craters left behind after the fierce fighting

Trench warfare WW1

Trench warfare WW1

These soldiers are in the trenches.

These soldiers are in the trenches.

Stormed British trench near Comines. 1918.

Stormed British trench near Comines. 1918.

The Somme, 1916 | 16 Edwardian Colour Photos That Will Make You Feel Like A Time Traveller

The Somme, 1916 | 16 Edwardian Colour Photos That Will Make You Feel Like A Time Traveller

J. R. R. Tolkien, Second Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, 1916. Tolkien served as a signals officer at the Somme, participating in the Battle of Thiepval Ridge & the subsequent assault on the Schwaben Redoubt. In late October of 1916 Tolkien came down with trench fever, a disease carried by the lice which were common in the dugouts and was invalided home to England in November of the same year.  “Gentlemen are rare among the superiors, and even human beings rare indeed.”

J. R. R. Tolkien, Second Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, 1916. Tolkien served as a signals officer at the Somme, participating in the Battle of Thiepval Ridge & the subsequent assault on the Schwaben Redoubt. In late October of 1916 Tolkien came down with trench fever, a disease carried by the lice which were common in the dugouts and was invalided home to England in November of the same year. “Gentlemen are rare among the superiors, and even human beings rare indeed.”

Kitchen in the trench. WWI German soldier.

Kitchen in the trench. WWI German soldier.

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.