Although the generation that experienced and fought through World War I has passed, it is important to keep the memory of the war alive. The War to End All Wars set off the “terrible twentieth” century as Winston Churchill called it, but seemingly came out of a cloudless sky onto a European continent that had enjoyed nearly a half century of peace.
The New York Post published a series of powerful photos that brings the Great War to life, demonstrating both the humanity and depravity of that terrible conflict.
British officers observe artillery fire during the battle of the Somme in 1916.
German officers sit outside dugouts on the Yser Front in Belgium in 1917.
A German Air Force Officer sits on a dead boar outside a house where he is stationed near the Western Front in 1918.
A horse wears a flannelette gas mask at the Chemical Development Laboratory, Philadelphia in 1919.
British troops advance during the battle of the Somme in 1916.
The rest of the pictures can be viewed at the New York Post