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1. 8 allied soldiers from 8 countries World War I
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 8 August 1914
Location -  China
Picture Description - The Eight-Nation Alliance was an international military coalition set up in response to the Boxer Rebellion in the Qing Empire of China. The eight nations were Japan, Russia, Britain, France, the United States, Germany, Italy and Austro-Hungary. The war began with the Austrian attack invasion of Serbia on 28 July 1914, in response to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The Austrian Empire followed with an attack on the Serbian ally Montenegro on 8 August. On the Western Front, the two neutral States of Belgium and Luxembourg were immediately occupied by German troops as part of the German Schlieffen Plan.



2. A circus elephant from a Belgian zoo is put to work on a Belgian farm during World War I.
Reference - https://www.theatlantic.com
When - 1915
Location -  Belgian zoo
Picture Description - An Indian elephant, from the Hamburg Zoo, used by Germans in Valenciennes, France to help move tree trunks in 1915. As the war dragged on, beasts of burden became scarce in Germany, and some circus and zoo animals were requisitioned for army use.



3. German Telegraphist. WWI
Reference - http://guns-gas-trenches.tumblr.com/
When - 1914-1918
Location -  Europe
Picture Description - A German soldier of the First World War carrying field equipment while he wears a feldmütze on his head and rifle on his back. Europe, likely early war, 1914-1918


4. A group of Danish Reservists
Reference - https://www.reddit.com
When - 1914
Location - Denmark
Picture Description - A group of Danish reservists who were called up at the outbreak World War I to guard against a possible German attack against Denmark.



5. A pair of German soldiers armed
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 1914-1915
Location -  Russia
Picture Description - A pair of German soldiers armed with captured Russian M1891 'Mosin' rifles, on the Eastern Front during World War I.



6. Young children waiting for their father, a Serbian soldier in First World War.
Reference - https://www.bl.uk/world-war-one
When - 1918
Location -  Serbia, Country in the Balkans
Picture Description - A photo of young children waiting for their father, a Serbian soldier in First World War, to arrive from Thessaloniki.



7. Airmen of the Lafayette Escadrille
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 1916
Location -  U.S
Picture Description - Airmen of the Lafayette Escadrille, an escadrille of the French Air Service, the Aéronautique Militaire, during World War I composed largely of American volunteer pilots flying fighters.



8. An American soldier stands in the basket of an observation balloon overlooking
Reference -
When - 1917
Location -  America
Picture Description - An American soldier stands in the basket of an observation balloon overlooking one of World War I's many battlefields



9. Soldier with mascot 9th and 10th Battalions at Mena Camp, Egypt
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10th_Battalion_(Australia)
When - 25 April 1915
Location -  Australia
Picture Description - An Australian soldier interacts with the young kangaroo who served as the mascot for the 9th and 10th First Australian Imperial Force battalions at Mena Camp in Egypt. World War I.The 10th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army that served as part of the Australian Imperial Force during World War I. Among the first units raised in Australia during the war, the battalion was recruited from South Australia in August 1914 and along with the 9th, 11th and 12th Battalions, it formed part of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division.



10. At the western front of World War I, British soldiers make their way to the trenches in Belgium
Reference - http://www.chismesmundo.com
When - 1914-1918
Location - North of France
Picture Description - In this picture First World War



11. Australian and Indian soldiers serving together in Gallipoli
Reference - http://linkis.com/uFsR4
When - 1915
Location -  Unknown
Picture Description - 15000 Indian soldiers fought at Gallipoli but their contribution remains unknown. Photographs and sketches from the time show Indian and Australian soldiers spending time together — sometimes sharing food rations.



12. Australian Soldiers firing at enemy planes during World War I
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 1917-1918
Location -  Australia
Picture Description - In Australia, the outbreak of World War I was greeted with considerable enthusiasm. Even before Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914, the nation pledged its support alongside other states of the British Empire and almost immediately began preparations to send forces overseas to participate in the conflict.



13. British soldiers on a British Mark IV tank during World War 1
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 1918
Location - United Kingdom
Picture Description - The Mark IV (pronounced "Mark Four") was a British tank of World War I. Introduced in 1917, it benefited from significant developments on the first British tank. The major improvements were in armour, the re-siting of the fuel tank, and easier transportation.



14. British sub on the River Thames just after World War I
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 1918
Location - London
Picture Description - The River Thames is a river that flows through southern England, most notably through London. At 215 miles (346 km), it is the longest river entirely in England and the second longest in the United Kingdom, after the River Severn. It also flows through Oxford (where it is called Isis), Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Windsor.



15. Captured World War I German planes paraded in London
Reference - https://commons.wikimedia.org
When - 1 November 1918
Location - New Zealand
Picture Description - Photographer: Thomas Frederick Scales



16. Celebration on Wall Street upon the news of Germany's surrender in World War I
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - November 1918
Location - Street in New York City, New York
Picture Description - Photograph taken in the forest of Compiègne after reaching an agreement for the Armistice.



17. Charlie Chaplin and other actors in a trench on the set of the World War One silent comedy Shoulder Arms
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - October 20, 1918
Location - USA
Picture Description - Shoulder Arms is Charlie Chaplin's second film for First National Pictures. Released in 1918, it is a silent comedy set in France during World War I. The main part of the film actually occurs in a dream. It co-starred Edna Purviance and Sydney Chaplin, Chaplin's elder brother. It is Chaplin's shortest feature film as well as the first feature film that he directed.



18. Crash of the British Army airship 'Astra Torres' in Aldershot. Great Britain, World War I
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - June 12, 1915
Location - U.K
Picture Description - The Astra-Torres airships were non-rigid airships built by Société Astra to a design by Spaniard Leonardo Torres Quevedo in France between about 1908 and 1922. They had a highly-characteristic tri-lobed cross-section rather than the more usual circular cross-section. This was the result of moving most of the blimp's bracing wires inside the envelope in an attempt to minimise drag. Early Astra-Torres airships could be trimmed by moving the entire gondola fore-and-aft.



19. Crowd scene at Ludgate Circus, London, after end World War I
Reference - https://www.flickr.com
When - 1918
Location - London  
Picture Description - Photographer: Thomas Frederick Scales. Crowd scene at Ludgate Circus, London, after World War I, 1918, Dry plate glass negative.




20. Armistice Day
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - Nov 11, 1918
Location -  London
Picture Description - Excited London citizens cheering in streets and from atop double decker bus after news of the World War I armistice signing is heard. Armistice Day celebrations in Philadelphia.



21.  Flora Sandes
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 1916
Location - Nether Poppleton, Yorkshire, England
Picture Description - Flora Sandes was the only British woman to serve as a soldier in World War I, enlisting in the Serbian Army and distinguishing herself in combat. Flora Sandes (22 January 1876 – 24 November 1956) was a British woman who served as an officer of the Royal Serbian Army in World War I. She was the only British woman officially to serve as a soldier in WWI. Initially a St. John Ambulance volunteer, she travelled to the Kingdom of Serbia, where, in the confusion of war, she was formally enrolled in the Serbian army. She was subsequently promoted to the rank of Sergeant major, and, after the war, to Captain.






22. Francesco Baracca, the Italian air ace of the First World War, in the cockpit of his Nieuport 11
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 9 May 1888 – 19 June 1918
Location - Lugo di Romagna, Italy
Picture Description - Count Francesco Baracca (9 May 1888 – 19 June 1918) was Italy's top fighter ace of World War I. He was credited with 34 aerial victories. The emblem he wore side by side on his plane of a black horse prancing on its two rear feet inspired that of Ferrari.



23. French soldier whose face was mutilated in World War I
Reference - https://rarehistoricalphotos.com
When - 1918
Location - America
Picture Description - French soldier whose face was mutilated in World War I, being fitted with a mask made at the American Red Cross studio of Anna Coleman Ladd. World War I caused the death of millions of combatants and civilians, while countless soldiers suffered from injury and disfigurement. Perhaps the most disheartening were facial injuries, as soldiers had to not only deal with the physical loss, but also the constant psychological stress of wondering how people would react to their changed appearance.



24. German aeroplane transport
Reference - https://www.loc.gov
When - April 13, 1915
Location - Europe
Picture Description - Photograph shows a German airplane being transported by a vehicle during World War I.



25. German cavalry in gas masks, World War I
Reference - https://rarehistoricalphotos.com
When - 1914-1918
Location - Australia
Picture Description - The picture shows a German cavalryman patrolling behind the front lines while carrying a steel lance. German lances were hollow tubes made of rolled steel, with a length of 3.2 meters they were usually made in three sections fitted together.



26. Germans soldiers posing with some of the first American POWs they had taken in World War I
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 1918
Location - Germany
Picture Description - The situation of World War I prisoners of war in Germany is an aspect of the conflict little covered by historical research. However, the number of soldiers imprisoned reached a little over seven million for all the belligerents, of whom around 2,400,000 were held by Germany.



27. Hunting for lice when out of the World War I German trenches
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 1916
Location - Germany
Picture Description - "Lice" redirects here. For the infection, see Pediculosis. For the district of Diyarbakir Province in Turkey, see Lice, Turkey. Louse (plural: lice) is the common name for members of the order Phthiraptera, which contains nearly 5,000 species of wingless insect. Lice are obligate parasites, living externally on warm-blooded hosts which include every species of bird and mammal, except for monotremes, pangolins, bats and cetaceans. Lice are vectors of diseases such as typhus.



28. Italian 'Arditi' wearing gas masks during World War I.
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 1915-1918
Location -
Picture Description - Arditi was the name adopted by Royal Italian Army elite special force of World War I. The name derives from the Italian verb ardire ("to dare") and translates as "The Daring Ones".



29. Show newspaper headlines which announce the surrender of Germany, ending World War I
Reference - https://clickamericana.com
When - November 8, 1918
Location - Washington, D.C
Picture Description - WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 [1918] – The armistice has been signed. The State Department announced the signing at 2:45 o’clock this morning. There was no announcement as to whether hostilities had ceased or the hour at which they would cease. The world war will end this morning at 6 o’clock, Washington time, 11 o’clock Paris time.



30. Massed German prisoners, France, during World War I
Reference - https://www.europeana.eu
When - August 1918
Location -
Picture Description - This is a dramatic shot of thousands of German prisoners. It gives an impression of an endless mass and would have been very useful for propaganda purposes, both to depress the Germans and to relieve the British. This image was probably taken after the Allied advance of August 1918.




31. Mother And Child Wearing A Gas Mask During World War I
Reference - https://www.bl.uk
When - April 1918
Location - Poland
Picture Description - A mother and child wear their gas masks while cooking on an open fire. It was not just the front line, but civilian areas, too, that became military targets. This was due to technical innovations such as long-range artillery, or air strikes conducted by heavy bombers. Chemical weapons, first used in Poland in 1915 by the German army, in contravention of the Hague Agreement of 1907, were another feature of World War One.



32. Northern Italy but can't be more precise
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When - 1915-1918
Location -
Picture Description - Northern Italy but can't be more precise, between 1915-1918 World War 1



33. One example of a small demonstration to World War 1 across America.
Reference - http://histclo.com
When - 1914-1918
Location - America
Picture Description - The alliance structure of pre-War Europe is quite complicated. All of the major world powers except one was participating in the arms race and part of the complicated alliance system. The only exception was the United States. Prussia's victory in the Franco-Prussian War and the formation of the German Empire fundamentally changed the balance of power in Europe (1871). This required the European countries to negotiate new security arrangements



34. People on a street outside Independence Hall examining a new map of Europe shortly before the end of World War I
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - October 1918
Location - Philadelphia, City in Pennsylvania
Picture Description - Independence Hall is the building where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. It is now the centerpiece of the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.



35. A police officer wearing a "take cover" sign
Reference - https://www.vox.com
When - July 1917
Location -
Picture Description - Police often warned civilians about an impending attack using signs hung around their necks, During World War I



36. Professors of the University of Toronto at drill.
Reference - https://en.wikipedia.org
When - 1917
Location - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Picture Description - The University of Toronto (U of T, UToronto, or Toronto) is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the grounds that surround Queen's Park. It was founded by royal charter in 1827 as King's College, the first institution of higher learning in the colony of Upper Canada. Professors of the University of Toronto engaged in drills and other military activities during World War I.



37. Pyramid of German helmets in New York after World War I.
Reference - https://rarehistoricalphotos.com
When - 1918
Location - South America
Picture Description - All helmets produced for the infantry before and during 1914 were made of leather. As the war progressed, Germany’s leather stockpiles dwindled. After extensive imports from South America, particularly Argentina, the German government began producing ersatz Pickelhauben made of other materials.



38. Red Baron in a sweater in happier times
Reference - https://miepvonsydow.wordpress.com
When - 1917
Location -
Picture Description - He landed in enemy territory, and the RAF gave him a funeral with full military honors, befitting a legendary military aviator such as himself. It’s strange how a sense of professional respect can transcend the hatred of enemies, especially in the case of an enemy who had personally killed so many RAF pilots.



39. Russian and German soldiers celebrate ceasefire after the treaty of Brest-Litovsk
Reference - http://www.alamy.com
When - 1918
Location -
Picture Description - German and Russian soldiers celebrate the ceasefire that went into effect along the entire Eastern Front on 15 December 1917, date and location unknown. The negotiations between the Central Powers and the Soviet Union ended with the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk on 03 March 1918, which led to the Soviet Union exiting out of the war.



40. Russian soldiers wearing disturbing costumes
Reference -
When - March 22, 1916
Location -
Picture Description - Russian soldiers wearing disturbing costumes for an impromtu performance behind the lines during a lull in the World War I fighting



41. Russian troops eating a hot meal before boarding trains headed for the front lines during World War I.
Reference -
When - April 1915
Location -
Picture Description - Russian troops eating a hot meal before boarding trains headed for the front ... army celebrate Hanukkah somewhere on the eastern front during World War I, 1916



42. Russian World War I aviation trainer, 1914-1917
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When - 1914-1917
Location -
Picture Description -



43. Seaman aboard HMS Royal Oak with the ship's mascot, a tame bear,1918 First World War
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When - 1918
Location -
Picture Description - The role of humour during World War One. The sense of humour played a major part in maintaining the morale of both troops and civilians .




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