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11 Time-Travelling Photos Of World War One: Then And Now

2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the devastating outbreak of World War One. Photographer Peter Macdiarmid’s haunting collection of photo montages compares war-torn Europe with today’s modern landscapes.

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1. Place de la Concorde, Paris, France.

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German airplanes at Place de la Concorde in Paris, destroyed by celebrating crowds on the day of the restoration of Alsace-Lorraine, on November 18, 1918.

2. The Somme canal, Frise, France.

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British soldiers from a Royal Garrison Artillery working party carry duck-boards across the frozen Somme canal at Frise, March 1917.

3. The main square in Bruges, Belguim.

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British soldiers captured by the Troops of the Central Powers walking in the main square of Bruge, Belgium, escorted by the soldiers of the German army.


4. Basilica of Notre-Dame de Brebieres, Albert, France.

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The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Brebieres, Albert, France, with tilted statue of the Virgin because of a shell in 1915.

5. Scotland Yard, London.

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A large crowd of men respond to a call by the War Office in 1915 for married men aged between 36 and 40 to become munition workers. They gather outside the Inquiry Office at Scotland Yard in London, England during World War 1.


9. Les Halles in the Grote Market, Ypres, Belgium.

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Les Halles in the Belgium town of Ypres was almost completely destroyed by bombing, following three major battles.

10. Trafalgar Square, London.

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Children dressed as soldiers with paper hats and canes as guns stand to attention in Trafalgar Square, London. Behind them is a notice declaring 'The Need for Fighting Men is Urgent'.

11. Railway Approach Road, Tonbridge, England.

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A vintage postcard of the 4th King's Own Royal Lancers Regiment marching into Tonbridge during World War One, in 1915.