A German soldier poses in a WWI trench with a saw tooth bayonet and brow plate down to his neck, exact date and location unknown.
Saw tooth bayonets were fearsome weapons. They were infamous due to the horrific wounds they left on a poor victim, and often if an enemy was captured in possession of such a weapon they would be executed on the spot. Stories exist of Canadian soldiers filing down the teeth of their bayonets to avoid persecution of captured by German forces. This was only one of countless barbaric weapons that were deployed In The Great War.
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Ypres Town Cemetery Extension
———————————————————————— This the Ypres Town Cemetery Extension, burial place of 647 Commonwealth servicemen of the First and Second World Wars. Located beside the Ypres civilian cemetery, the Cemetery Extension was begun in October 1914 and was used until April 1915, and on two further occasions in 1918. After the Armistice 367 graves were brought in from small cemeteries and isolated positions east and north of Ypres. During the Second World War, many of those killed in the fighting around Ypres in May 1940 were buried here.There are now 604 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated in the extension. 141 of the burials are unidentified and there are special memorials to 16 servicemen known or believed to be buried among them. There are 43 Second World War, 13 of these being unidentified. (Taken May 2019)
Photograph of a blind World War I veteran selling newspapers on the sidewalk somewhere in Washington, D.C. in 1932. Credit: @renklitarih
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