For much of the First World War, the small French village of Vignacourt was always behind the front lines ¿ as a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops of all nationalities moving up to and then back from the battlefields on the Somme.

Photos show faces of First World War soldiers on the eve of battle

For much of the First World War, the small French village of Vignacourt was always behind the front lines ¿ as a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops of all nationalities moving up to and then back from the battlefields on the Somme.

Waddesdon Manor, England, front view. The castle was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French château between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839–1898) as a weekend residence for grand entertaining. Open for weddings, private dinners even today.

Waddesdon Manor, England, front view. The castle was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French château between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839–1898) as a weekend residence for grand entertaining. Open for weddings, private dinners even today.

French National Front political party leader Marine Le Pen delivers a speech in Henin-Beaumont, France, December 2015.

French National Front political party leader Marine Le Pen delivers a speech in Henin-Beaumont, France, December 2015.

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, England built in 1874 in the neo Renaissance French style for the Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. It now belongs to the National Trust and is open to the public

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, England built in 1874 in the neo Renaissance French style for the Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. It now belongs to the National Trust and is open to the public

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Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party candidate for French 2017 presidential election, concedes defeat at the Chalet du Lac in the Bois de Vincennes in Paris after the second round of 2017 French presidential election, France, May 7, 2017.    REUTERS/Charles Platiau - RTS15K68

Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party candidate for French 2017 presidential election, concedes defeat at the Chalet du Lac in the Bois de Vincennes in Paris after the second round of 2017 French presidential election, France, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau - RTS15K68

A soldier holds a puppy as he has his picture taken

Photos show faces of First World War soldiers on the eve of battle

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