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 unique moments!

wwi_2400Trench Vehicle? [Via]

3c381828fa7bcdab60123165350ea38dHermann 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]

wwi_0500Walk on water[Via]

the-strangest-weapons-of-wwi-42-pics_10He could be firing from both ends! [Via]

146957Pretty sure this is fake [Via]

wwi_0800Trench Armor [Via]

adab59101dbb28085bc33b3a91ff70b5Trench Armor [Via]

wwi_14Mobile Armor [Via]

1415336711949The British had the same idea


wwi_18Wheeled Shield [Via]

168340Dazzle Camouflage [Via]

9d8985e995016cb4ea15206db9c15061More Dazzle Camouflage [Via]

155205Preparing for battle [Via]

13959325,000 MEN CAMP DIX, NJ – 1918 [Via]

1e57c384e2a0dca6ad3eedbadd25fd79Mark 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]

6a10040c6256305ca105bd5a81510122Grounded German Submarines[Via]

f2045a58ca21100aa45ff56332d37a1aElephant mounted Machine gun.[Via]

Gun-Carrier-MarkI-zuraw-ratowniczyBritish 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]

053556a99c4dd22f2dfc3c2bdbfad034A strongman in the French army lifting a cannon overhead along with three of his comrades astride it [Via]

51e9693425a70550e2e41c8ea5cab15cA 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]
uboat-4When the people of Hastings woke up to find a u-boat washed up on the beach

w_04A 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)

strange-weapons-wwi-500-39Interesting propulsion system, or were the wings to go on later? [Via]

8c39da0c054f060e_thumbArmored tent? No probably a sniper hideout [Via]

fcd405ff35e1d6a8_thumbBritish soldiers in trench armor [Via]

c8d6f7b2856e9250_thumbNot sure what the intention was but it feels like a vehicle for a retreat? [Via]

strange-weapons-wwi-500-23Turtle 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.