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Compared with what was to follow, the weeks leading up to the bloodiest battle in British history were a gentle calm before the storm, as these astonishing 100-year-old photographs show.

Compared with what was to follow, the weeks leading up to the bloodiest battle in British history were a gentle calm before the storm, as these astonishing 100-year-old photographs show.

[Each Leader of the Triple Entente] France: George Clemceau. At the time of World War 1, he was a French Statesman that led the country in the war.

[Each Leader of the Triple Entente] France: George Clemceau. At the time of World War 1, he was a French Statesman that led the country in the war.

The three Triple Entente leaders; David Lloyd George (England), Raymond Poincare (France), and Czar Nicholas II (Russia).

World War I, The Triple Entente, French Canvas Print / Canvas Art by Everett

The three Triple Entente leaders; David Lloyd George (England), Raymond Poincare (France), and Czar Nicholas II (Russia).

Raymond Poincaré, presidente de la Republica Francesa y hermano del matemático Jules Poincaré

Raymond Poincaré, presidente de la Republica Francesa y hermano del matemático Jules Poincaré

Central Powers- The victorious allied nations of World War I. In World War I, the Allies included Britain, France, Italy, Russia, and the United States.

Central Powers- The victorious allied nations of World War I. In World War I, the Allies included Britain, France, Italy, Russia, and the United States.

King Ferdinand I of Romania in Prussian Generals uniform, wearing the Order of the Golden Fleece     King Ferdinand famously presided over Romania's entry into World War I, where he controversially took the side of the Triple Entente with France, Russia and the UK (27 August 1916) despite previously being a cadet for Germany's ruling imperial family, the Hohenzollerns. As a result, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany had King Ferdinand's name erased from the Hohenzollern House register

King Ferdinand I of Romania in Prussian Generals uniform, wearing the Order of the Golden Fleece King Ferdinand famously presided over Romania's entry into World War I, where he controversially took the side of the Triple Entente with France, Russia and the UK (27 August 1916) despite previously being a cadet for Germany's ruling imperial family, the Hohenzollerns. As a result, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany had King Ferdinand's name erased from the Hohenzollern House register

Triple Entente contained Russia, France, and Brtitian and was an alliance during the beginning of WW1. Unfortunately Russia had to leave to fight their own civil war,but this gave Italy and America to join this alliance.

Triple Entente contained Russia, France, and Brtitian and was an alliance during the beginning of WW1. Unfortunately Russia had to leave to fight their own civil war,but this gave Italy and America to join this alliance.

Russian leader, Czar Nicholas II. Involved in the Triple Entente.

Russian leader, Czar Nicholas II. Involved in the Triple Entente.

Raymond Poincaré-9th President during World War I. He subsequently served as President of the Council 1922–1924 and 1926–1929.

Raymond Poincaré-9th President during World War I. He subsequently served as President of the Council 1922–1924 and 1926–1929.

Triple Entente leader of France - President Poincare(August 20, 1860-1943)He wanted to reassure the relationship between France and Russia.

Triple Entente leader of France - President Poincare(August 20, 1860-1943)He wanted to reassure the relationship between France and Russia.

WW1 - Triple Entente - Cavalry & Horse-drawn: Australian light cavalry, Palestine.

WW1 - Triple Entente - Cavalry & Horse-drawn: Australian light cavalry, Palestine.