North-African Soldiers cooking their meal in a village in Oise, France, 1917(Autochrome color picture by Jean-Baptiste Tournassoud)
Senegalese soldiers have found billets in a shack.Picture made in Saint-Ulrich, near the frontline, June 1917.
North-African soldiers near the Western FrontIn total the French colonies donated 587,000 soldiers to the warfare.Almost 520,000 of them fought on European soil.
More North African soldiers: Algerians, serving in the French armyAmerican picture,made by photographers of the Underwood & Underwood Agency.The caption readsthat these soldiers are nicknamed Terrible Turcos
Operating On A HorseThe courtyard of a smithy serves as operating room for thisFrench army horse. Picture by Jean-Baptiste Tournassoud.
The Black Watch, the Highlanders of ScotlandAmerican picture. The original byline reads: These are the men who aresaid in the present war to have repeated the famous charge made by theirancestors at Waterloo a century ago.
A War Cemetery in the Belgian village of WoestenThe village is just behind the frontline, not far fromYpres in Flanders. Picture made in 1917.
Alim Khan, Emir of BukharaDigichromatography picture made by theRussian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii,1917.
Gefangene Schottländer is the original caption with this German war picture.The Scottisch Prisoners-Of-War are having their soup.
Thirsty German prisoners in their barbed wire cage.Official British war photograph
German soldiers in a destroyed village near the Somme
No Mans Land Seen From A French Observation PostAutochrome color picture, made on June 16, 1917
The towers of the cathedral in Reims.Picture made in 1917
Reims was one of the most beautiful cities of France,until it was hit by bombardment after bombardment.The picture, made in 1917, shows the University District.In the background stands the old cathedral, heavilydamaged.
A Soldiers Lunch at the Place Royal inthe city of Reims, France
Group of French soldiers in front of the entry of a shelter.Picture made near the village of Hirtzbach on thefrontline in Northern France, 1917.
Senegalese French soldiers.Picture made near the village of Baschwiller, North-Eastern France, 1917
Western Front, Belgian and French soldiers in a trenchPicture made in 1917.
The picture shows young German recruits. Because of a higher birthrateGermany had more boys at her disposal than other countries. Thats whythe Germans were able to increase their armies until the spring of 1918.
Two young soldiers posing outside a bell tent at their training campThey belong to the Kings Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment
French corporal proudly posing for the camera.Newspapers told the public that the boy had joined the army when he was 14 years old.
The boy in the middle is 15 years old hero Edouard Mina from Lyon, France.Edouard is an orphan. His adoption-parents next to him call him Petite Bleu, little blue,because of his blue pants that every poilu (common soldier) wears.
Jack Cornwall, ship boy (16) on board of HMS ChesteDuring the Battle of Jutland in June 1916 his ship was hit and put afire by German shells.In the chaos one gun kept firing at the Germans. It was manned by 16 years old BoyJack Cornwall. Jack was wounded but he kept on firing until he died.He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.
On April 5, 1915, the Belgian crownprince Leopold —13 years old at that time — joined the Belgian Twelfth Line Regiment. King Albertintroduced Leopold to his fellow-soldiers on the Northsea beach of De Panne.The king said he did not want any preferential treatment for his son."Let hem work in the trenches. He has to know how it feels to have blisters on his hands.Obviously the main reason for the king to send the crownprince into the army wasto stir up the national sense of duty. The largest part of Belgium was occupied byGerman forces and many Belgians collaborated.
Although every country had underage solders in their army, the propaganda usedenemy boy soldiers to prove how weak the foe was. This picture of captured Germansoldiers was published in America (in Leslies Weekly) with the following text:Boy Prisoners Taken By The French
German Prisoners-Of-War, captured by the French in the last phase of the warThe picture was published in France with the following byline:Ces très jeunes Allemands prisonniers surprennent les soldats français.Translation: These very young German prisoners surprised the French soldiers
The surrender of a young German soldier.The boy climbs out of his shelter and giveshimself up to a Scotch soldier.
Young disabled soldiers at the Fourth London General HospitalBritish nurse Eva Dobell served in many hospitals during the war.She used to write poems about some of her patients. Here follows Pluck:
German mother smarts up her boy, who is ready to go warPicture taken from Krieg dem Kriege (1924), the book by Ernst Friedrich in which headdresses those responsible for inspiring and preparing children for murder.
Young German soldier standing at the grave of his comradeMany German boy soldiers are buried near Ypres, at the war cemetery at Langemark.For this reason the place is known as the Studentenfriedhof -the Students Cemetery.There are 44,292 German soldiers buried here. The cemetery also holds a mass grave,where roughly 25,000 soldiers lie.
WriterRudyard Kipling had encouraged John, his only son, to enlist at the age of 16, eventhough the boy suffered from very poor eyesight. His application was rejected on medicalgrounds. Determined, John decided to become a humble Private instead.His father then asked a highly placed officer to intervene.So the boy became a Second Lieutenant in the Second Battalion of the Irish Guards.John was still only 17 when he went overseas to France, where he fought at Loos.When Kipling received a telegram from the War office saying thatJohn was wounded and missing in action, he and his wife madecountless journeys to France, searching for news on him. Eventually,they realised their son must indeed be dead
Young and old together, on their way to the trenches
American Army chaplain helps a young German prisoner-of-warAs Germany in 1918 ran out of cannon fodder, they had to commit very youngsoldiers to battle.