RARE IMAGES FROM WORLD WAR ONE
|The images below
have been selected from a collection of rare stereo plates discovered in Paris
during the summer of 1996. All of the plates date to the World War One period,
and were taken on the Western Front. They are in stereo format, and present
stunning three dimensional views which can be seen presented even over the
In order to see the 3D effect, click on one of the Stereo
links below which will take you to a split stereo image. Hold your eyes level
with the monitor and relax (do not focus) them, allowing each eye to settle
upon each image. As your eyes adjust to both halves of the photograph, they
will eventually bring into focus a third central view of the image which is
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|Citation Ceremony, June 5,
This image shows a French senior officer awarding combat citations
to a group of soldiers behind the front lines. He can be identified by the twin
black stripes on his trousers, the insignia on his right arm has been blotted
out by an army sensor. The men are assembled on a duckboard walkway, and
are all wearing late war tunics and helmets, and are armed with standard
sidearms. Note the earthworks on the hill in the background.
Large view of Citation Ceremony
1st stereo view of Citation
2nd stereo view of
|The Trenches at
This scene shows an injured German soldier who is now a prisoner
of the French. The Frenchmen to his left and rear are wearing early war
uniforms, and the German is wearing a early wartime tunic, dating this photo at
around 1915. Besides the human drama going on at center stage, note the great
depth and strength of the trench itself. The entry ways into the dugouts have
been covered with tarpaulins, and considering the turned up collars on two of
the three men, the weather can be inferred as being at least "cool."
Large view of Trenches at
Stereo view of Trenches
|Artois, before an
This striking image shows a Chef de Battaillon of the 29th Line
Regiment and his men preparing for an attack. The equivalent American rank for
Chef de Battaillon is Major, and in this case the rank insignia appear as four
tallies on the outside of the cuff. Note the equipment being worn by the men in
the background, and their late war helmets and tunics.
Large view of Before an
Stereo view of Before
|Dead after an attack
man in this photo was killed during a major attack in the Argonne Forest
region. Warning: This is not a posed photograph.
Large view of Dead after
Stereo view of Dead after
|Dead horses on the
This shows that a great toll was taken on horses as well as humans
during the Great War. These horses are on the field near the front lines, with
trenches clearly visible on the hillside in the background.
Large view of Dead horses
Stereo view of Dead horses
photo shows a French 12cm heavy artillery piece being serviced by its crew.
Clearly visible in this image are separate un-fused shells and casings, the
entrenched artillery piece, part of the limber (for transporting the gun), and
the men in various positions around it.
Large view of Heavy artillery
Stereo view of Heavy
unpleasant photo shows a very typical section of front line trench. The
pre-fabricated entanglements and muddy trench walls almost distract from the
broken leg which is protruding from the wall of the trench. The repeated
shelling, attacks, counterattacks and destruction usually prevented burials,
and in many places each shell explosion would kill and bury several men while
simultaneously disinterring others killed in previous weeks or months.
Warning: This is not a posed or simulated image.
Large view of Front line
Stereo view of Front line
|Soup in the trenches
far more encouraging image shows a groups of early war French soldiers enjoying
a meal in the trenches somewhere in the Lorraine region of France. This area
saw early French advances against the German Army until events further west
brought a standstill to operations. In this photo, note the firing ports which
have been built into the forward berm of the trench.
Large view of Soup in the
Stereo view of Soup in