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Flooded dug-out in front line trench

Soldier in a flooded dug-out, France, during World War I. This photograph shows a smiling soldier stooping down outside the entrance to a flooded dugout. Adjoined to the trench, frontline dugouts such as these were designed to protect men from gunfire and shelling. The walls for the dugout are made from sandbags, while the roof appears to be a large wooded square covered by sandbags and mud. In the background one can see coils of barbed wire.


[Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ON THE FRONT IN FRANCE. A flooded dug-out in front line trench.']

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Taken circa 1918