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Troops in training jumping over a trench, 1916 (c)

Photograph, World War One, Western Front, (1914-1918), 1916 (c).

Trenches were not dug randomly, but were part of a complex design. Each of the front line trenches was backed-up by second and third lines: 'support' and 'reserve' trenches. Communication trenches linked them all together. The support and reserve trenches were lined with underground shelters or dug-outs which were used as protection from enemy fire and the weather.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 1995-03-90-6


National Army Museum, Out of Copyright


National Army Museum, Study collection

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