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RARE PHOTOS: World War I, as never seen before

Last updated on: June 11, 2014 13:25 IST

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We present rare and unseen photographs that show the daily life of soldiers in the trenches, destruction of towns and military leaders during the World War I as the world marks the centenary year of the mega war, which began in 1914.

The photos are from a collection of hundreds of glass plates taken by an unknown photographer left behind by a viscount (nobleman) in the French army that have never been published before.

Opening photograph: An undated archive picture shows a French soldier aiming an anti-aircraft machine gun from a trench at Perthes les Hurlus, eastern France, during WWI.

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Photographs: Odette Carrez Collection/Reuters

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An archive picture shows soldiers and horses amid a destroyed spot on the battlefield at Maurepas on the Somme front, northern France, in October 1916.

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Photographs: Reuters

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An undated archive picture shows French soldiers moving a 95 mm cannon, on the rear guard near the front, at an unknown location in France during WWI.

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Photographs: Reuters

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An archive picture taken shows a statue of Christ on the cross on a tree at Fricourt on the Somme front in France, in October 1916.

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Photographs: Reuters

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An undated archive picture shows a French soldier after taking a shower, at the rear guard near the front line, at an unknown location in France. The placard reads "Thermal complex of the Poilu, showers, massages, chiropodist, manicurist. Free massages for women".

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Photographs: Reuters

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An archive picture shows captured Germans soldiers marching through Chalons en Champagne, Eastern France, in September 1915.

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Photographs: Reuters

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An archive picture shows French General Joseph Joffre (2nd R) congratulating and awarding medals to soldiers, who fought in the Battle of Verdun, in Verdun, in March 1916.

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Photographs: Reuters

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An undated archive picture shows a shelter for machine gunners in a French trench at Apremont-la-Foret, eastern France.

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Photographs: Reuters
Tags: France

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An undated archive picture shows German soldiers (rear) offering to surrender to French troops, seen from a listening post in a trench at Massiges, northeastern France.

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Photographs: Reuters

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An undated archive picture shows a dog pulling a Belgian machine gun at an unknown location in northern France during the WWI.

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Photographs: Reuters
Tags: WWI , France

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An undated archive picture shows injured soldiers arriving at a hospital before being evacuated on the Champagne front, eastern France during WWI.

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Photographs: Reuters
Tags: WWI , France

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An undated archive picture shows carcasses of animals strung up before being cooked for soldiers, on the Champagne front, eastern France, during WWI.

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Photographs: Reuters
Tags: WWI , France

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An archive photograph shows soldiers attending an entertainment show at Suippes, on the Champagne Front, Eastern France in 1915.

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Photographs: Reuters

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An archive picture shows French soldiers standing in German trenches seized after being shelled on the Somme front, northern France, in 1916.

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Photographs: Reuters

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An undated archive picture shows French troops from the rear guard eating lunch near Arras, Northern France.

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Photographs: Reuters

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An archive picture shows Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener (2nd L) meeting French General Albert Baratier (R), on horseback, as French Marshal Joseph Joffre looks on (2nd R), on the Champagne front, Eastern France in 1915.

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Photographs: Reuters

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An archive picture shows a priest conducting mass for French soldiers on the Champagne front, eastern France in 1915.

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Photographs: Reuters
Tags: France

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An archive picture shows a French officer standing near a cemetery with graves of soldiers killed on the front lines of WWI, at Saint-Jean-sur-Tourbe on the Champagne front, eastern France, on December 19, 1916.


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