Theese needle-sharp missiles, were carried in canisters slung under the fuselage of the planes or Zeppelins and were released by a trigger located in the cockpit into the enemy trenches or airfields. Dropped from an altitude of 1,500 feet, a “flechette”, name given by the french, which means “little arrow” or “dart”, could go completely through the body of a horse. It was used by both sides during the first World War. But such primitive aerial arms soon gave way to far deadlier weapons.
The remains of the Douaumont fort that became a giant pile of concrete. You can observe on the rood the lamps of an optic communications system. These flash lamps were used to communicate when telephone lines were cut or the fort ran out of pigeons. 1917.
The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.
Italian alpine troops going up the alps to fight the Austrians, World War I.
Morning in a british trench during the Battle of the Somme, 1916.