World War I Centenary: Iconic Images From The First World War

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 March 1916. (Image: Reuters)

An undated archive picture shows French troops from the rear guard eating lunch near Arras, Northern France. (Image: Reuters)
A Renault truck outfitted with mobile X-ray equipment is seen in an undated World War One photo. World War One pioneered many “firsts” in technological, scientific and societal innovations. Mobile X-rays were developed to aid doctors in performing battlefield surgeries. (Image: Reuters)
An Army nurse assists with the treatment of a patient in an undated World War One photo. World War One pioneered many “firsts” in technological, scientific and societal innovations. Blood banks were created for the first time to help stabilize the wounded from blood loss. (Image: Reuters)
An undated archive picture shows carcasses of animals strung up before being cooked for soldiers, on the Champagne front, eastern France. (Image: Reuters)
An undated archive picture shows French soldiers posing in a trench at Suippes on the Champagne front, eastern France. (Image: Reuters)
L-boat submarines are seen stationed in the Azores during World War One. World War One pioneered many “firsts” in technological, scientific and societal innovations. Submarines were used in mass numbers for the first time in naval warfare. (Image: Reuters)
U.S. artillerymen fire a 75mm gun toward Montsec from a position near Beaumont, France on September 12, 1918. World War One pioneered many “firsts” in technological, scientific and societal innovations. It was the first major war where a majority of casualties were inflicted by artillery. (Image: Reuters)
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. (Image: Reuters)
An archive picture shows soldiers at a train for injured soldiers in Calais, Northern France in 1915. A Viscount in the Armoured Cavalry Branch of the French Army left behind a collection of hundreds of glass plates taken during World War One (WWI) that have never before been published. (Image: Reuters)
An undated archive picture shows French artillery officers on the phone relaying instructions to adjust cannon fire in a trench on the front line, at an unknown location in France. (Image: Reuters)
An archive picture shows Field Marshall Douglas Haig riding a horse at an unknown location in France February 14, 1916. Haig was the British commander-in-chief during the Somme battle. (Image: Reuters)
German officers captured by Canadians are seen during the Battle of the Somme in October 1916. (Image: Reuters)
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”. (Image: Reuters)
The Big Four Allied leaders of World War One, also known as the Council of Four, British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, Italian Premier Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, French Premier Georges Clemenceau and President Woodrow Wilson are seen in Versailles at the Paris peace conference, May 27, 1919. (Image: Reuters)
An undated archive picture shows a shelter for machine gunners in a French trench at Apremont-la-Foret, eastern France. (Image: Reuters)
Rear Adm. Victor Blue chief of the Bureau of Navigation, inspects female yeomen on the grounds of the Washington Monument in a 1918 photo. World War One pioneered many “firsts” in technological, scientific and societal innovations. The first officially enlisted women appeared in the U.S. military as the U.S. Navy created a reserve force which allowed enlisted women to work as yeomen, radio operators, nurses, or in other support roles. (Image: Reuters)
An undated archive picture shows injured soldiers arriving at a hospital before being evacuated on the Champagne front, eastern France. (Image: Reuters)
An undated archive picture shows French soldiers firing a 155 mm mortar from a trench on the front line, at an unknown location in France. (Image: Reuters)
An undated archive picture shows French soldiers posing outside their shack, called “The Chalet”, at la Sapiniere near Lachalade on the Argonne front, eastern France. (Image: Reuters)
An archive picture shows French soldiers standing in German trenches seized after being shelled on the Somme front, northern France in 1916. (Image: Reuters)
An archive picture taken shows soldiers attending an entertainment show at Suippes, on the Champagne Front, Eastern France in 1915. (Image: Reuters)
An undated archive picture shows a French soldier in a sap trench just after being shelled at Mont Tetu near Massiges, eastern France. (Image: Reuters)
An archive picture shows French officers inspecting trenches on the Argonne front, eastern France May 1916. (Image: Reuters)
An archive picture shows a priest conducting mass for French soldiers on the Champagne front, eastern France in 1915. (Image: Reuters)
An undated archive picture shows a French soldier aiming an anti-aircraft machine gun from a trench at Perthes les Hurlus, eastern France. (Image: Reuters)
An archive picture shows French troops in trenches above Ablain-Saint-Nazaire in the Artois front, northern France, in 1916. (Image: Reuters)
An undated archive picture shows French General Emile Eugene Belin (R) visiting the front line near Arras, Northern France. (Image: Reuters)
Wounded are dressed in a trench during the Courcelette operation of the Battle of the Somme, France on September 15, 1916. July 1, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary of the first Battle of the Somme — one of the bloodiest battles in history which claimed 1,250,000 casualties. (Image: Reuters)
An archive picture shows soldiers and horses amid a destroyed spot on the battlefield at Maurepas on the Somme front, northern France October 1916. (Image: Reuters)
An archive picture taken in 1916 shows British soldiers standing near their machine guns on the Somme front, northern France. A Viscount in the Armoured Cavalry Branch of the French Army left behind a collection of hundreds of glass plates taken during World War One that have never before been published. The images, by an unknown photographer, show the daily life of soldiers in the trenches, destruction of towns and military leaders. (Image: Reuters)
An archive picture shows a French officer standing near a cemetery with recent graves of soldiers killed on the front lines of World War One (WWI), at Saint-Jean-Sur-Tourbe on the Champagne front, eastern France December 19, 1916. (Image: Reuters)
An archive picture taken shows a statue of Christ on the cross on a tree at Fricourt on the Somme front in France October 1916. A Viscount in the Armoured Cavalry Branch of the French Army left behind a collection of hundreds of glass plates taken during World War One (WWI) that have never before been published. (Image: Reuters)
An undated archive picture shows a dog pulling a Belgian machine gun at an unknown location in northern France. (Image: Reuters)
Canadian Official Photographer William Ivor Castle (R) watches a bombardment of German positions with a Canadian War Records Office cinematographer, Lieutenant Oscar Bovill and other officers, on the Somme in 1916. Archivist notes add that Bovill appears to be using a Moy & Bastie cine camera (on the tripod), while Castle is most likely using a Goerz camera fitted with a Zeiss lens. (Image: Reuters)
An archive picture shows captured Germans soldiers marching through Chalons en Champagne, Eastern France September 1915. (Image: Reuters)
An archive picture shows soldiers attending an entertainment show at Suippes, on the Champagne Front, Eastern France in 1915. A Viscount in the Armoured Cavalry Branch of the French Army left behind a collection of hundreds of glass plates taken during World War One (WWI) that have never before been published. (Image: Reuters)
Peasants in the re-taken Somme District work in the fields, circa 1916- 1917, in this Library of Congress handout photo. For women 100 years ago, opportunities to work beyond the home and take part in political life were very limited. The US Library of Congress archive photos show women’s workplaces ranging from a flour mill in England to a coal mine in Belgium or Lincoln Motor Co.’s welding department in Detroit. (Image: Reuters)
Canadian soldiers return from trenches during the Battle of the Somme, France in 1916. (Image: Reuters)