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WW1. The Battle of Loos was the largest British offensive of 1915 on the Western Front. The British attackers suffered nearly 60,000 casualties, 20,000 of whom have no known grave. William Noel Hodgson, known to his regiment as 'Smiler', was among those who fought at Loos. In the aftermath he wrote 'Back to Rest'. Less than a year later, July 1, 1916, on the first day of the Somme offensive, together with 158 men of his Battalion, Hodgson was killed, being shot through the throat.

WW1. The Battle of Loos was the largest British offensive of 1915 on the Western Front. The British attackers suffered nearly 60,000 casualties, 20,000 of whom have no known grave. William Noel Hodgson, known to his regiment as 'Smiler', was among those who fought at Loos. In the aftermath he wrote 'Back to Rest'. Less than a year later, July 1, 1916, on the first day of the Somme offensive, together with 158 men of his Battalion, Hodgson was killed, being shot through the throat.

A British sentry cuts a lonely picture as he stands at his post at sunrise in France, March 1915

World War One realities pictured: 30 emotive images

Gas, mud and horror: How German and Allied forces fought during the First World War

For Canadian infantry, their first engagement against the German Army came during the attack near Ypres called 'The Second Battle of Ypres', where the Germans first used poison gas on the Western Front.

World War I in Photos: The Western Front, Part I - The Atlantic

World War I in Photos: The Western Front, Part I

Cleaning up German trenches at St Pierre Divion. In the foreground a group of British soldiers are sorting through equipment abandoned in the trenches by the Germans when St Pierre Divion was captured. - via bytesdaily

Film and Literature. The Novel "All Quiet on the Western Front" and its Film Adaptation On the 100 Great Books list

Film and Literature. The Novel "All Quiet on the Western Front" and its Film Adaptation

40 Best Film Adaptations - All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque)

The Battle of Verdunwas fought from 21 February – 18 December 1916 during the First World War on the Western Front between the German and French armies, on hills north of Verdun-sur-Meuse in north-eastern France. The German Fifth Army attacked the defences of the Région Fortifiée de Verdun (RFV) and the Second Army on the right bank of the Meuse, intending rapidly to capture the Côtes de Meuse (Meuse Heights) from which Verdun could be overlooked and bombarded with observed artillery-fire.

German The Battle of Verdunwas, the Germans attacking French positions.

For much of the First World War, the small French village of Vignacourt was always behind the front lines ¿ as a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops of all nationalities moving up to and then back from the battlefields on the Somme.

Photos show faces of First World War soldiers on the eve of battle

For much of the small French village of Vignacourt was always behind the front lines as a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops of all nationalities moving up to and then back from the battlefields on the Somme.

A Red Cross nurse writes down the last words of a British Soldier. 1917, somewhere on the Western Front

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A Red Cross nurse takes down the last words of a British soldier. 52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever

FRANK HURLEY ..Australian gunners on a duckboard track in Château Wood near Hooge, 29 October 1917.

WWI - Australian gunners on a duckboard track in Château Wood near Hooge, 29 October

Archaeologists find the bodies of 21 tragic World War One German soldiers in perfectly preserved trenches where they were buried alive by an Allied shell

The 'Pompeii' of the Western Front: Archaeologists find the bodies of 21 tragic World War One German soldiers in perfectly preserved trenches where they were buried alive by an Allied shell

The 'Pompeii' of the Western Front: Bodies of 21 German soldiers buried alive in World War One trench found perfectly preserved in northern France 94 years later

Great War Photos is a new website by military historian and author Paul Reed.    Born in the 1960s, Paul Reed is a leading military historian specialising in the First and Second World Wars.

Great War Photos is a new website by military historian and author Paul Reed. Born in the Paul Reed is a leading military historian specialising in the First and Second World Wars.

Erich Maria Remarque, author of Im Westen Nichts Neues (All Quiet on the Western Front), during his time as a soldier in the First World War.

Erich Maria Remarque, author of All Quiet on the Western Front, during his time as a soldier in the First World War. I never saw a wartime photo of him before. One of my all time favorite books.

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