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Auch wenn sich die Front kaum veränderte, war der massive Artilleriebeschuss verheerend. Entlang der Kampflinien wandelten sich Ortschaften zu Steinwüsten und Wälder zu Kraterlandschaften mir Baumstümpfen.  Im Bild: Kampfzone nahe Verdun.  Bild: AP

In this 1917 file photo, the battlefield, pockmarked with craters filled with water, after the major World War One Battle of Verdun, France.

Trench warfare - This is a form of land warfare using occupied fighting lines consisting largely of trenches, in which troops are significantly protected from the enemy's small arms fire and are substantially sheltered from artillery. It has become a byword for stalemate, attrition and futility in conflict. Trench warfare occurred when a revolution in firepower was not matched by similar advances in mobility, resulting in a grueling form of warfare in which the defender held the advantage.

The Long, Long Trail The British Army in the Great War WWI Battle of the Somme Trench layout- i think this is a great overlook of the trenches and makes it easy to understand

The barber of the trench, WWI

A barber gives a soldier a shave in a trench, ca.

Die Geschütze werden gerichtet

Die Geschütze werden gerichtet

Württembergers from Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment 119, 26th Division take a break from their duties to enjoy some soup and boiled sausage.  The 26th Reserve Division spent World War I on the Western Front. It fought in the Battle of the Frontiers and then participated in the Race to the Sea, fighting in the Somme region. It occupied the line in the Somme/Artois region into 1916, facing the British offensive in the Battle of the Somme.

the-seed-of-europe: “ Württembergers from Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Division take a break from their duties to enjoy some soup and boiled sausage. The Reserve Division spent World War.

World War I  - 1918 - American Trenches

An American First Aid station in the trenches seen after a light snowfall. The snow covered ground was deadly to foot soldiers in the open, making them easy targets against the white background.

Deutsche Geschütze am Kemmel

Deutsche Geschütze am Kemmel