A Poilu wearing a sheepskin jerkin, stands in a shelter made of sandbags. Nieuwpoort,Belgium, c 1915. -WW1 colorized photos - Album by gilber on Imgur

A Poilu wearing a sheepskin jerkin, stands in a shelter made of sandbags. Nieuwpoort,Belgium, c 1915. -WW1 colorized photos - Album by gilber on Imgur

A Boche prisoner, wounded and muddy is led along a railway track as British Army infantrymen return from another push on the battlefield

Heartbreaking photos of troops on the eve of the Somme 100 years ago

A Boche prisoner, wounded and muddy is led along a railway track as British Army infantrymen return from another push on the battlefield

An American corporal aims a Colt M1895 atop a Sri Lankan elephant, 1914. The reason why the corporal is atop the elephant is a mystery but elephants were never a weapons platform adopted by the US Army. It’s probably a publicity picture, not something the army would actually try to employ. The elephant would not respond well to the sound of that machine gun a few inches from his ears.

An American corporal aims a Colt M1895 atop a Sri Lankan elephant, 1914. The reason why the corporal is atop the elephant is a mystery but elephants were never a weapons platform adopted by the US Army. It’s probably a publicity picture, not something the army would actually try to employ. The elephant would not respond well to the sound of that machine gun a few inches from his ears.

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