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World War I: Scenes Of Life And Death

On July 28, 1914, Austro-Hungarian troops fired the first shots during the invasion of Serbia that marked the start of World War I. The conflict resulted in more than 16 million military and civilian deaths, but did not bring about the end to all wars as some hoped and dreamed it would. One-hundred years later, harrowing images from the war retain their power and immediacy. Included in this collection are photos that have been only recently discovered and shown publicly.

An undated photo shows German soldiers crossing a field, offering to surrender to French troops at a listening post in a trench at Massiges, France.
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An undated photo shows German soldiers crossing a field, offering to surrender to French troops at a listening post in a trench at Massiges, France.

An undated photo shows French soldiers firing a 155 mm mortar from a trench on the front line, at an unknown location in France.
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An undated photo shows French soldiers firing a 155 mm mortar from a trench on the front line, at an unknown location in France.

French cyclists of the Cavalry Corps on the Champagne front, eastern France September 22, 1915.
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French cyclists of the Cavalry Corps on the Champagne front, eastern France September 22, 1915.

A German gas attack on the eastern front that was photographed by a Russian airman. The 1916 image was titled, "German Frightfulness from the Air."
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A German gas attack on the eastern front that was photographed by a Russian airman. The 1916 image was titled, "German Frightfulness from the Air."

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