I live in the Netherlands, one of the few Western European countries that remained neutral during World War I. Still, the effects of the war were felt here too. Many refugees fled to the Netherlands and people were eager for news about what was going on at the front.
World War I was one of the first wars that was covered by newspapers that not only told stories, but also showed images. Some of these photos have found their way to the National Archives of the Netherlands. In this blog post, I would like to share some of the pictures that made the biggest impression on me.
All pictures are available on the National Archives Flickr account with 'No known copyrights.' Click the images for the description on Flickr.
Life in the trenches
Prisoner of war getting a light from his captor.
Soldier using a horse as a shield
Ruins at Ypres
French soldier in improvised harness to protect himself from the bullets
Surrender of the German fleet to England