African Americans in World War I
Image from: Scott, The American Negro in the World War (1919).
Perhaps the most iconic image from the Great War is of trench warfare. Long periods of waiting were punctuated by bloody forays into "No Man's Land" between enemy lines, where countless men could be killed in a matter of minutes. Neither side, however, was able to overwhelm the other's lines, and the front remained static for years. Between deadly attempts to break the stalemate, soldiers in the trenches suffered from miserable conditions, inclement weather, and a number of diseases. This photograph from the Western front shows African American and black French Colonial soldiers in a French trench.