Vintage: Soldiers during World War I (1914-1918)

Vintage: Soldiers during World War I (1914-1918)


Despite the chaotic nature of war, the lives of soldiers followed relatively predictable schedules. Soldiers rose before dawn each morning, around 5 a.m. They performed standing drills called “Stand-to-Arms,” then received a daily ration of rum around 5:30 a.m. Soldiers continued performing standing drills until approximately 7 a.m., when they received breakfast. Breakfast for soldiers typically consisted of bacon and tea.

At 8 a.m., soldiers took time for cleanliness by bathing, cleaning weapons and tidying surrounding areas. Soldiers ate dinner at noon, then took turns sleeping, keeping guard and engaging in leisure activities. At 5 p.m., soldiers took tea, then performed standing drills until around 6:30 p.m. Then, soldiers worked through the night making repairs to equipment and materials or alternating between sleeping and patrolling.

  British ambulance drivers stand atop a pile of rubble. # Library of Congress

British ambulance drivers stand atop a pile of rubble. # Library of Congress

  German prisoners, during World War I. Portraits of a German prisoners taken by an official British photographer, to be shown to folks back home. # National Library of Scotland

German prisoners, during World War I. Portraits of a German prisoners taken by an official British photographer, to be shown to folks back home. # National Library of Scotland

  Three unidentified New Zealand servicemen riding camels during World War I, the Sphinx and a pyramid in the background. # James McAllister / National Library of New Zealand

Three unidentified New Zealand servicemen riding camels during World War I, the Sphinx and a pyramid in the background. # James McAllister / National Library of New Zealand

  Villagers interested in the arrival of British troops. # National Library of Scotland

Villagers interested in the arrival of British troops. # National Library of Scotland

  Western Front. A Captured British soldier salvages the valuables of fellow Englishmen killed in battle, in April of 1918. # National Archive / Official German Photograph of WWI

Western Front. A Captured British soldier salvages the valuables of fellow Englishmen killed in battle, in April of 1918. # National Archive / Official German Photograph of WWI

  During downtime, soldiers from Britain, France and the USA, plus some members of the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) watch French children playing in the sand, in France, during World War I. # National Library of Scotland

During downtime, soldiers from Britain, France and the USA, plus some members of the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) watch French children playing in the sand, in France, during World War I. # National Library of Scotland

  British soldiers play football while wearing gas masks, France, 1916. # Bibliotheque nationale de France

British soldiers play football while wearing gas masks, France, 1916. # Bibliotheque nationale de France

  Three young-looking German prisoners of war. Their clothes are caked in mud and are a mishmash of styles. The soldier on the left still has his helmet, but the others have bandages wrapped round their heads. # National Library of Scotland

Three young-looking German prisoners of war. Their clothes are caked in mud and are a mishmash of styles. The soldier on the left still has his helmet, but the others have bandages wrapped round their heads. # National Library of Scotland

  A large group of soldiers, likely South African infantry, having a good time. They are stamping their feet and brandishing anything that comes to hand, from walking sticks to swords. It is all being done in a light-hearted fashion, with most of the men pulling funny faces and smiling. Many of the soldiers are wearing kilts and balmorals. # National Library of Scotland

A large group of soldiers, likely South African infantry, having a good time. They are stamping their feet and brandishing anything that comes to hand, from walking sticks to swords. It is all being done in a light-hearted fashion, with most of the men pulling funny faces and smiling. Many of the soldiers are wearing kilts and balmorals. # National Library of Scotland

  Between Laon and Soissons, German railway troops wash their clothes beside 50 cm shells, on July 19, 1918. # National Archive / Official German Photograph of WWI

Between Laon and Soissons, German railway troops wash their clothes beside 50 cm shells, on July 19, 1918. # National Archive / Official German Photograph of WWI

  Thiepval, September 1916. Bodies of German soldiers strewn across the bottom of a trench. # National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Thiepval, September 1916. Bodies of German soldiers strewn across the bottom of a trench. # National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

  Berlin—Children of soldiers at front. # Library of Congress

Berlin—Children of soldiers at front. # Library of Congress

  Watched by a group of locals, German prisoners of war walk down a street in the French town of Solesmes, on November 1, 1918, near the end of World War I. # Henry Armytage Sanders / National Library of New Zealand

Watched by a group of locals, German prisoners of war walk down a street in the French town of Solesmes, on November 1, 1918, near the end of World War I. # Henry Armytage Sanders / National Library of New Zealand

  German NCOs from Infanterie-Regiment No. 358 pose for the photographer as if they were drinking wine, feasting on gherkins and playing cards while wearing gas masks. # Brett Butterworth

German NCOs from Infanterie-Regiment No. 358 pose for the photographer as if they were drinking wine, feasting on gherkins and playing cards while wearing gas masks. # Brett Butterworth

  French patrol in occupied Essen, Germany. # Library of Congress

French patrol in occupied Essen, Germany. # Library of Congress

  The Famous 369th Arrive in New York City ca. 1919. Members of the 369th [African American] Infantry, formerly 15th New York Regulars. # U.S. National Archives

The Famous 369th Arrive in New York City ca. 1919. Members of the 369th [African American] Infantry, formerly 15th New York Regulars. # U.S. National Archives

 A fallen Russian soldier being buried where he fell by civilians being overseen by the Germans. Russia lost some two million men in combat during World War I. #

A fallen Russian soldier being buried where he fell by civilians being overseen by the Germans. Russia lost some two million men in combat during World War I. #

  German machine-gun nest and dead gunner at Villers Devy Dun Sassey, France, on November 4, 1918—one week before the end of the war. # NARA / Lt. M. S. Lentz / U.S. Army

German machine-gun nest and dead gunner at Villers Devy Dun Sassey, France, on November 4, 1918—one week before the end of the war. # NARA / Lt. M. S. Lentz / U.S. Army

  A French officer has tea with English military personnel during World War I. # Library of Congress

A French officer has tea with English military personnel during World War I. # Library of Congress

  Western front, a group of captured Allied soldiers representing 8 nationalities: Anamite (Vietnamese), Tunisian, Senegalese, Sudanese, Russian, American, Portuguese, and English. # National Archive / Official German Photograph of WWI

Western front, a group of captured Allied soldiers representing 8 nationalities: Anamite (Vietnamese), Tunisian, Senegalese, Sudanese, Russian, American, Portuguese, and English. # National Archive / Official German Photograph of WWI

erman prisoners assist in bringing in Australian wounded. # National Media Museum / Australian War Records Section

erman prisoners assist in bringing in Australian wounded. # National Media Museum / Australian War Records Section

  French soldiers stand in a relaxed group wearing medals. The medals appear to be the Military Medal, established on 25th March, 1916, for acts of bravery. They have probably been awarded for their part in the Battle of the Somme. The French helmets, with their very distinct crests, can be seen clearly. # National Library of Scotland

French soldiers stand in a relaxed group wearing medals. The medals appear to be the Military Medal, established on 25th March, 1916, for acts of bravery. They have probably been awarded for their part in the Battle of the Somme. The French helmets, with their very distinct crests, can be seen clearly. # National Library of Scotland


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