The Strangest Images of the First World War

A random collection of some of the strangest images we could find from Word War I.

It features men, vehicles, weapons, and moments!

Trench Vehicle? [Via]

Hermann Peschel (right) lost his left arm and his right arm below the elbow in the First World War. The grip of his artificial arm was controlled by his left shoulder, 1920s [Via]

Walk on water[Via]

He could be firing from both ends! [Via]

Pretty sure this is fake [Via]

Trench Armor [Via]

Trench Armor [Via]

Mobile Armor [Via]

The British had the same idea


Wheeled Shield [Via]

Dazzle Camouflage [Via]

More Dazzle Camouflage [Via]

Preparing for battle [Via]

25,000 MEN CAMP DIX, NJ – 1918 [Via]

Mark Raen | Camp Cody, NM, 1917. 650 officers and enlisted men of Auxiliary Remount Depot No 326, a Cavalry unit, created this human representation of a horse head [Via]

Grounded German Submarines[Via]

Elephant mounted Machine gun.[Via]

British build 50 Gun Carriers, and two of them were recovery vehicles. [Via]

Giant Pyramid of Captured German Helmets from WWI Grand Central Terminal, New York, 1918.  Photograph by New York Central Railroad. [Via]

German soldiers with gas mask and their donkey. 1917 [Via]

A strongman in the French army lifting a cannon overhead along with three of his comrades astride it [Via]

A mustachioed man wearing a steel helmet with built-on chain screen to protect soldiers’ eyes from fragments of shell, rock, etc. during World War I. Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 1918 [Via]
When the people of Hastings woke up to find an u-boat washed up on the beach

A German communications squad behind the Western front, setting up using a tandem bicycle power generator to power a light radio station in September of 1917. (National Archive/Official German Photograph of WWI)

Interesting propulsion system, or were the wings to go on later? [Via]

Armored tent? No probably a sniper hideout [Via]

British soldiers in trench armor [Via]

Not sure what the intention was but it feels like a vehicle for a retreat? [Via]

Turtle camouflage? [Via]

Joris Nieuwint

Joris Nieuwint is a battlefield guide for the Operation Market Garden area. His primary focus is on the Allied operations from September 17th, 1944 onwards. Having lived in the Market Garden area for 25 years, he has been studying the events for nearly as long. He has a deep understanding of the history and a passion for sharing the stories of the men who are no longer with us.