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In Pictures : From gas to submarines, Great War was crucible for deadly innovation

February 14, 2014 , 6 : 41 pm GST

(FILES) - A picture taken in 1916 shows French soldiers moving into attack from their trench during the Verdun battle, eastern France, during the first World War. The battle won by the French in November 1916 cost the life of 163.000 French soldiers and 143.000 German soldiers. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture taken in 1916 shows French soldiers moving into attack from their trench during the Verdun battle, eastern France, during the first World War. The battle won by the French in November 1916 cost the life of 163.000 French soldiers and 143.000 German soldiers. Photo - AFP
(FILES) A picture taken in 1914 shows at an undisclosed place French Marshal Joffre (1852-1931), commander in chief of the North and North-East army forces at the beginning of WWI, and then in 1915 commander in chief of the French forces.
(FILES) A picture taken in 1914 shows at an undisclosed place French Marshal Joffre (1852-1931), commander in chief of the North and North-East army forces at the beginning of WWI, and then in 1915 commander in chief of the French forces.
(FILES) - A photo taken on November 11, 1918 shows Parisian crowd celebrating the end of the First World War and the Armistice treaty between the Allies and Germany marking the end of the First World War on the Western fronts. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A photo taken on November 11, 1918 shows Parisian crowd celebrating the end of the First World War and the Armistice treaty between the Allies and Germany marking the end of the First World War on the Western fronts. Photo - AFP
This combo of colorized post cards released by the Historial de Péronne, Museum of WW1, shows
This combo of colorized post cards released by the Historial de Péronne, Museum of WW1, shows 'Poilus', French World War I infantrymen, with the uniforms used at the beginning of the war in 1914 (red trousers) and after 1915, with the blue grey uniforms. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture of a post card released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, shows French soldiers taking care of a wounded one on the front during the First World War. For three years during World War I, millions of soldiers holed up in a warren of trenches, fighting and dying in nightmarish conditions along a barely moving frontline. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture of a post card released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, shows French soldiers taking care of a wounded one on the front during the First World War. For three years during World War I, millions of soldiers holed up in a warren of trenches, fighting and dying in nightmarish conditions along a barely moving frontline. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture taken during the first World War shows French soldiers taking care of wounded comrades in a trench. For three years during World War I, millions of soldiers holed up in a warren of trenches, fighting and dying in nightmarish conditions along a barely moving frontline. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture taken during the first World War shows French soldiers taking care of wounded comrades in a trench. For three years during World War I, millions of soldiers holed up in a warren of trenches, fighting and dying in nightmarish conditions along a barely moving frontline. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture taken in 1916 shows French soldiers moving into attack from their trench during the Verdun battle, eastern France, during the first World War. For three years during World War I, millions of soldiers holed up in a warren of trenches, fighting and dying in nightmarish conditions along a barely moving frontline. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture taken in 1916 shows French soldiers moving into attack from their trench during the Verdun battle, eastern France, during the first World War. For three years during World War I, millions of soldiers holed up in a warren of trenches, fighting and dying in nightmarish conditions along a barely moving frontline. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture released by the International Contemporary Documentation Library (BDIC) dated October 08, 1916 shows a French soldier and a German one, lying dead in a trench after a duel to the death.
 For three years during World War I, millions of soldiers holed up in a warren of trenches, fighting and dying in nightmarish conditions along a barely moving frontline. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture released by the International Contemporary Documentation Library (BDIC) dated October 08, 1916 shows a French soldier and a German one, lying dead in a trench after a duel to the death. For three years during World War I, millions of soldiers holed up in a warren of trenches, fighting and dying in nightmarish conditions along a barely moving frontline. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture released by the International Contemporary Documentation Library (BDIC) showing a soldier posing in front of dozens of rats he caught in the trenches in Argonne during WWI. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture released by the International Contemporary Documentation Library (BDIC) showing a soldier posing in front of dozens of rats he caught in the trenches in Argonne during WWI. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture released by the Historial de Péronne, Museum of WW1, shows a comic card depicting a Poilu, French World War I infantryman, holding bottles of wine. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture released by the Historial de Péronne, Museum of WW1, shows a comic card depicting a Poilu, French World War I infantryman, holding bottles of wine. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture of a post card released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, shows a French soldier
(FILES) - A picture of a post card released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, shows a French soldier's leave pass during the First World War. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture of a post card released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, shows French artillery soldiers with a 75 mm cannon in 1914 during the First World War. Fighter aircraft, tanks, submarines, heavy artillery: the horrors of warfare between 1914 and 1918 were a crucible for deadly technological innovation, including the poison gas that came to symbolise the barbarity of the conflict. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture of a post card released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, shows French artillery soldiers with a 75 mm cannon in 1914 during the First World War. Fighter aircraft, tanks, submarines, heavy artillery: the horrors of warfare between 1914 and 1918 were a crucible for deadly technological innovation, including the poison gas that came to symbolise the barbarity of the conflict. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture released by the Historial de Péronne, Museum of WW1, shows a gaz mask used during the First World War. Fighter aircraft, tanks, submarines, heavy artillery: the horrors of warfare between 1914 and 1918 were a crucible for deadly technological innovation, including the poison gas that came to symbolise the barbarity of the conflict. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture released by the Historial de Péronne, Museum of WW1, shows a gaz mask used during the First World War. Fighter aircraft, tanks, submarines, heavy artillery: the horrors of warfare between 1914 and 1918 were a crucible for deadly technological innovation, including the poison gas that came to symbolise the barbarity of the conflict. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture of a post card released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, shows French soldiers wearing basic gaz masks during the First World War. Fighter aircraft, tanks, submarines, heavy artillery: the horrors of warfare between 1914 and 1918 were a crucible for deadly technological innovation, including the poison gas that came to symbolise the barbarity of the conflict. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture of a post card released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, shows French soldiers wearing basic gaz masks during the First World War. Fighter aircraft, tanks, submarines, heavy artillery: the horrors of warfare between 1914 and 1918 were a crucible for deadly technological innovation, including the poison gas that came to symbolise the barbarity of the conflict. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A photo released by the Historial de Péronne, Museum of WW1, shows a U-boat, what the "squibites" called it "you, you...boat!", during the First World War. Fighter aircraft, tanks, submarines, heavy artillery: the horrors of warfare between 1914 and 1918 were a crucible for deadly technological innovation, including the poison gas that came to symbolise the barbarity of the conflict. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A photo released by the Historial de Péronne, Museum of WW1, shows a U-boat, what the "squibites" called it "you, you...boat!", during the First World War. Fighter aircraft, tanks, submarines, heavy artillery: the horrors of warfare between 1914 and 1918 were a crucible for deadly technological innovation, including the poison gas that came to symbolise the barbarity of the conflict. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture of a post card released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, shows a poilu, French World War I infantryman, in the uniform used from the fall of 1915 and wearing the medal of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture of a post card released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, shows a poilu, French World War I infantryman, in the uniform used from the fall of 1915 and wearing the medal of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture of a post card released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, French soldiers, nicknamed "Poilus", digging a trench during the First Battle of the Marne during the World War I. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture of a post card released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, French soldiers, nicknamed "Poilus", digging a trench during the First Battle of the Marne during the World War I. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - This image obtained on March 23, 2005 shows Uncle Sam on a US Army recruiting poster. The famous poster was used extensively in World War I and World War II to attract recruits. The US Army expects to fall short of its recruiting goals for March and April and plans an appeal to patriotism to blunt the effects of the war in Iraq on attitudes toward military service, Army Secretary Francis Harvey said 23 March, 2005. The active army fell short of its monthly recruiting goal for the first time in five years in February, attracting only 94 percent of expected recruits. The army reserve attracted only 90 percent of expected recruits, and the National Guard, only 75 percent. The army
(FILES) - This image obtained on March 23, 2005 shows Uncle Sam on a US Army recruiting poster. The famous poster was used extensively in World War I and World War II to attract recruits. The US Army expects to fall short of its recruiting goals for March and April and plans an appeal to patriotism to blunt the effects of the war in Iraq on attitudes toward military service, Army Secretary Francis Harvey said 23 March, 2005. The active army fell short of its monthly recruiting goal for the first time in five years in February, attracting only 94 percent of expected recruits. The army reserve attracted only 90 percent of expected recruits, and the National Guard, only 75 percent. The army's goal is to recruit 80,000 new soldiers by September 30, up from 77,000 in the last fiscal year and 68,000 in fiscal year 2003. Photo - AFP
This combo of post cards released by the Historial de Péronne, Museum of WW1, shows a drawing of a French soldier leaving his family to go on fight (top) and a similar one with a German soldier during the First World War. Photo - AFP
This combo of post cards released by the Historial de Péronne, Museum of WW1, shows a drawing of a French soldier leaving his family to go on fight (top) and a similar one with a German soldier during the First World War. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture taken in 1916 shows German soldiers ready to move into attack from their trench during the Verdun battle, eastern France, during the first World War. For three years during World War I, millions of soldiers holed up in a warren of trenches, fighting and dying in nightmarish conditions along a barely moving frontline. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture taken in 1916 shows German soldiers ready to move into attack from their trench during the Verdun battle, eastern France, during the first World War. For three years during World War I, millions of soldiers holed up in a warren of trenches, fighting and dying in nightmarish conditions along a barely moving frontline. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture of a post card released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, shows a French soldier shaving the beard of his comrade in the trenches during the First World War. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture of a post card released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, shows a French soldier shaving the beard of his comrade in the trenches during the First World War. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - Picture of a post card released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, shows British troops arriving in France by boat, in August 1914 during the First World War.   Photo - AFP
(FILES) - Picture of a post card released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, shows British troops arriving in France by boat, in August 1914 during the First World War. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A photo taken in September 1914 shows Parisian Renault taxi cabs carrying French soldiers to the frontline during the Battle of the Marne during the World War 1. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A photo taken in September 1914 shows Parisian Renault taxi cabs carrying French soldiers to the frontline during the Battle of the Marne during the World War 1. Photo - AFP
Reproduction picture of a post card released by the Historial de Péronne, Museum of WW1, showing French Marshal Philippe Petain during World War I. Photo - AFP
Reproduction picture of a post card released by the Historial de Péronne, Museum of WW1, showing French Marshal Philippe Petain during World War I. Photo - AFP
(FILES) Picture taken during the first World War of Head of French government Georges Clemenceau, nicknamed the "Tiger", visiting a trench on the front. For three years during World War I, millions of soldiers holed up in a warren of trenches, fighting and dying in nightmarish conditions along a barely moving frontline. Photo - AFP
(FILES) Picture taken during the first World War of Head of French government Georges Clemenceau, nicknamed the "Tiger", visiting a trench on the front. For three years during World War I, millions of soldiers holed up in a warren of trenches, fighting and dying in nightmarish conditions along a barely moving frontline. Photo - AFP
A picture taken on 11 November 1918 shows French Marshall Ferdinand Foch (L), Supreme commander of the Allied Forces, and American General John J. Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionnary forces, in the courtyard of Versailles Palace shortly before the signing of the Armistice at the end of World War I. Photo - AFP
A picture taken on 11 November 1918 shows French Marshall Ferdinand Foch (L), Supreme commander of the Allied Forces, and American General John J. Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionnary forces, in the courtyard of Versailles Palace shortly before the signing of the Armistice at the end of World War I. Photo - AFP
(FILES) Picture taken during the first World War of Head of French government Georges Clemenceau, nicknamed the "Tiger", visiting a trench on the front. For three years during World War I, millions of soldiers holed up in a warren of trenches, fighting and dying in nightmarish conditions along a barely moving frontline. Photo - AFP
(FILES) Picture taken during the first World War of Head of French government Georges Clemenceau, nicknamed the "Tiger", visiting a trench on the front. For three years during World War I, millions of soldiers holed up in a warren of trenches, fighting and dying in nightmarish conditions along a barely moving frontline. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture taken in 1916 shows French soldiers moving into attack from their trench during the Verdun battle, eastern France, during the first World War. For three years during World War I, millions of soldiers holed up in a warren of trenches, fighting and dying in nightmarish conditions along a barely moving frontline. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture taken in 1916 shows French soldiers moving into attack from their trench during the Verdun battle, eastern France, during the first World War. For three years during World War I, millions of soldiers holed up in a warren of trenches, fighting and dying in nightmarish conditions along a barely moving frontline. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, shows the front cover of a book dated June 01, 1918 showing a soldier and his horse wearing gaz masks during the First World War. Fighter aircraft, tanks, submarines, heavy artillery: the horrors of warfare between 1914 and 1918 were a crucible for deadly technological innovation, including the poison gas that came to symbolise the barbarity of the conflict. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A picture released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, shows the front cover of a book dated June 01, 1918 showing a soldier and his horse wearing gaz masks during the First World War. Fighter aircraft, tanks, submarines, heavy artillery: the horrors of warfare between 1914 and 1918 were a crucible for deadly technological innovation, including the poison gas that came to symbolise the barbarity of the conflict. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A photo released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, shows a British Mark I male tank during the First World War. Fighter aircraft, tanks, submarines, heavy artillery: the horrors of warfare between 1914 and 1918 were a crucible for deadly technological innovation, including the poison gas that came to symbolise the barbarity of the conflict. Photo - AFP
(FILES) - A photo released by the Historial de Peronne, Museum of WW1, shows a British Mark I male tank during the First World War. Fighter aircraft, tanks, submarines, heavy artillery: the horrors of warfare between 1914 and 1918 were a crucible for deadly technological innovation, including the poison gas that came to symbolise the barbarity of the conflict. Photo - AFP

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