One hundred years ago, the stalemate had settled in. The Race to the Sea was complete. The trench warfare of the next four years was in place. Here is a random collection of photos from World War One.
|Belgian fighting in 1914|
The Belgians performed admirably. Their King decided to put up a fight. His efforts slowed the Germans down just enough to help stop the Schlieffen Plan.
|Frenchman shooting over the body of his fallen comrade.|
These are the acts that training is for, and what I wonder is how they would feel about modern Basic Training and the modern rainbow flag waving, multikulti forces.
|Mauser pistol with a broomhandle|
A weapon of a more civilized era.
|French troop with owl in the trench.|
War had not fully mechanized so animals were still in use for the Great War. Horses would still play a role in World War Two before the Jeep and helicopter replaced them.
|German mounted lancers wearing gas masks.|
Lancers were a leftover from the cavalry days of yore with mounted men wielding long lances. Such mounted lance wielding men were extremely dangerous to the American troops in the Mexican-American war despite the arms the Yanks had.
|Dog wearing gas mask in 1917|
An interesting contrast and reason for the laws against chemical and biological weapons is how we don't fear them on our troops now but on civilian populations.
|Major Eisenhower in front of a tank in 1917|