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.

Heartbreaking photos of troops on the eve of the Somme 100 years ago

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.

By 1914 Europe was divided by two major Alliance systems: The Triple Alliance between Germany Austria Hungary and Italy and the Triple Entente between France Russia and Great Britain.

By 1914 Europe was divided by two major Alliance systems: The Triple Alliance between Germany Austria Hungary and Italy and the Triple Entente between France Russia and Great Britain.

map of both opposing armies, the triple entente in the Red, and the triple alliance in Green.

map of both opposing armies, the triple entente in the Red, and the triple alliance in Green.

Very nice antique Goss & Crested china letterbox with The Triple Entente including shield crest of Great Britain, France and Russia. The condition is ...

Very nice antique Goss & Crested china letterbox with The Triple Entente including shield crest of Great Britain, France and Russia. The condition is ...

Rulers who are parties to the triple entente-Czar Nicholas II of Russia, George V of Great Britain, and President Poincare of France. Printed in the Lakeland evening telegram-August 5, 1914.

Rulers who are parties to the triple entente-Czar Nicholas II of Russia, George V of Great Britain, and President Poincare of France. Printed in the Lakeland evening telegram-August 5, 1914.

KING👑 EDWARD VII OF GREAT BRITAIN : EVIL DEMIURGE OF THE TRIPLE ENTENTE AND WORLD WAR I ~ by Webster Tarpley

KING👑 EDWARD VII OF GREAT BRITAIN : EVIL DEMIURGE OF THE TRIPLE ENTENTE AND WORLD WAR I ~ by Webster Tarpley

King Edward VII of Great Britain: Evil Demiurge of the Triple Entente and World War 1 « TARPLEY.net

King Edward VII of Great Britain: Evil Demiurge of the Triple Entente and World War 1 « TARPLEY.net

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).

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.

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