World War I Images and Photos

Your visual guide to WW1

Women bidding farewell to the troops, 1914, WW1 images
Women bidding farewell to the troops, 1914 (b/w photo), Jacques Moreau (b.1887) / Archives Larousse, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images, Images of World War One

 

Over 100 years ago, on the 11th of November 1918 has seen the end of the First World War. The Great War left over 16 million soldiers and civilians dead and caused irreparable damage across the globe.

In Remembrance of those fallen, see our curated content below. From battlefield photography to uniforms, our archive can guide you through World War One. 

 

Images of WWI BATTLES Soldiers silhouetted against the sky prepare to fire an anti-aircraft gun.
Images of WWI Battles

 

The Woman’s role during World War One is often side-lined, but women played an integral part in the war effort. As well as fulfilling the traditional nurturing roles of nurses and red-cross workers, teachers, and mothers, they were also recruited into workplaces traditionally seen as male domains. In the absence of men who were away fighting in WW1, women stepped in to keep the infrastructure at home going. They became neighbourhood postmen, butchers, railway workers, and factory workers.

 

photo of woman working on a car during WW1
Woman's role during WWI

 

When thinking about the Great War, images of World War 1 soldiers in trenches immediately comes to mind. Trenches were an effective way to protect against gunshots and assaults and – despite many attempts – proved impossible for enemy soldiers to breakthrough.

 

image of a solider in the trenches during WW1
WWI Images – Soldiers in Trenches

 

An estimated eight million men were taken prisoners of war (POWs) during World War I. These prisoners, often scarred by their time in the camps, rarely talked about their experiences later in life. Explore historic World War I images and footage from the Bridgeman archive to get an impression of what reality was like for prisoners.

 

images of soldiers in a POW camp during WW1
WWI Images - Prisoners of war (POWs)

 

And finally, at the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918, the Armistice was signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France.
 

Photo of Signing of the Armistice that ended WW1
Signing the Armistice that ended WWI in railway coach 2419D, Rethondes, Forest of Compiegne, 11th November 1918

WWI images - All content (images and videos)


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