‘A Helping Hand’ – Casualties and Prisoners of War on the Western Front Canadian soldiers and German POWs at the Battle of Hill north of Lens in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France between 15 August 1917 and 25 August
Wet and muddied, English prisoners of war are assembled in a Belgian courtyard shortly after their arrival from the battlefields near Ypres, sometime around April 1915. The Second Battle of Ypres was fought in the Spring of 1915 and it was during this battle, the Germans used poisonous gas for the first time on the Western Front. Prior to this they had been gassing Russians on the Eastern Front with some success.
One of the most publicized photos of shows a British trench during a lull. Note those "resting", two of them on the floor of the trench. One rifleman remains on guard in case the enemy decides on a sudden attack.
B&W WW2 Photo WWII German POW's Western Front US Army