Lake Michigan's Left Coast

World War I Trench Warfare

World War I trench warfare was a traumatic living nightmare for soldiers on all sides. Many veterans returned from the front lines with what became known as shellshock, the thousand-yard stare, or what we now know as Post Traumatic Stress.

The American film auteur King Vidor recreated chilling scenes of the Battle of Belleau Wood (France, June 1–26, 1918) in his 1925 masterpiece The Big Parade, a fabulous introduction to early film for those who have not discovered the brilliance of the Silent Era.

Photos here feature actual scenes of World World I trench warfare. Many other historical photos are included as well.

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