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A typical image from World War One, showing French troops stationed in an extremely muddy trench.

French officers inspecting trenches on the Argonne front, eastern France May 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 I 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. #

French soldiers wait in their trenches at the Western Front during the First World War - 1916

French cavalry in early WW1. A squadron of Lancers takes up positions. Cavalry units were almost immediately sidelined in the absence of 19th-century style war fighting. Horse soldiers spent the rest of the war as either infantry or logistics troops -- with a few recon missions here and there.

Historic Newspapers~ Red Wing Daily Republican dated 08/01/1914 -- "Extra" edition announcing the beginning of World War I. On exhibit in the News Corporation News History Gallery at the Newseum. Newseum collection Photo credit: Newseum collection

WW1: French soldiers take a break during a march to the front, summer 1914. The Adrian helmet has yet to be introduced (it became standard issue in 1915) hence the troops wear their "kepi" (cap) covered by a canvas field cover. Facial expressions reflect little enthusiasm. Most of the men in the first wave of conscripts died in the trenches within 8-10 months after this photo was taken.

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