Friday 1 July 2016 marked the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, the biggest conflict seen on the Western Front during World War I. Here are some of the most arresting photos from the war. Contains graphic images.
An American machine gun crew firing during an advance against entrenched Germans during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. The Story of WWII begins wit the story of WWI and the devastation the left Germany and many other countries broken.
An undated archive picture shows German soldiers (rear) offering to surrender to French troops, seen from a listening post in a trench at Massiges, northeastern France. (Photo by Collection Odette Carrez/Reuters)