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  • WWI Centennial Recalls Terror of Trenches

    A French section of machine gunners has taken position in the ruins during the battle of the Aisne, Western Front, World War I. The centennial anniversary of the start of WWI is on July 28, 2014.
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  • A crater after the explosion of 19 mines placed underneath German positions near Messines in West Flanders by the British in this June 7, 1917, file photo.
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  • A French officer inspects the barbed wire around French positions circa 1917.
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  • French soldiers of the 370th Infantry Regiment are eating soup during the battle of the Aisne, Western Front, World War I.
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  • French soldiers are resting in the grass after lunch circa 1917.
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  • Buildings and trees destroyed by artillery fire. World War I, Western Front.
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  • French military doctors and nurses in front of Saint-Paul Hospital during World War I.
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  • French soldiers from a special unit are building a wooden bridge across the Aisne.
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  • The Boevre farm building in ruins during World War I on the Western Front.
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  • Two French soldiers are working at the smith's hearth in a forge destroyed by grenades.
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  • Four firemen with their equipment circa 1917.
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  • Five French soldiers are clearing the rubble in the ruins of Reims, which was destroyed almost 60 per cent by German artillery and air raids during World War I.
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  • Graves of the French soldiers killed at Laffaux are seen in this May 14, 1917, file photo.
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