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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 >>> poison from unexploded arsenic bombs lingers

Trench warfare WW1

Very basic set-up of a trench. As the war continued into its second and third years the trenches became much more advanced with sleeping and officer quarters.

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

The Somme, 1916 - Albert Kahn’s photographers even visited the trenches and took photos of French soldiers just days before the infamous Battle of the Somme in The battle was one of the largest of World War I: more than men were wounded or killed.

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.”

Tolkien, English writer, poet & university professor, author of "The Hobbit" & "Lord of the Rings." He is here aged 24 in in military uniform, while serving in the British Army during World War I.

World War I machine gunners wearing primitive gas masks.

WW I English: British Vickers machine gun crew wearing PH-type anti-gas helmets. Near Ovillers during the Battle of the Somme, July The gunner is wearing a padded waistcoat, enabling him to carry the machine gun barrel.

WW1: Scottish soldiers in a trench. Note the dog keeping company. The group includes both kilted and regular pants riflemen.

Highland Territorials in a trench [La Gorgue, France], August I know these soldiers would have been very proud of their uniform, but a kilt just doesn’t seem like the most practical uniform to wear in a trench.