In the Trenches 1915

Two soldiers watch a building burn behind their position as a man in the foreground keeps an eye on the enemy through a spy-hole in the sandbags. This method of observation ensured greater protection than looking over the top of the parapet. Rifle butts can be seen protruding from other openings in the sandbags. The men still wear khaki forage caps which offered little protection from head wounds. The following year, 1916, saw the introduction of the more familiar steel helmets.

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