Oxford AASC: Photo Essay

Sign up for Emails

Sign up now to receive an email alert for the Focus On feature!

GO

Privacy Policy

Previous Features

PHOTO ESSAY

African Americans in World War I

Back Arrow Previous

Photo 3 of 12

Next Next Arrow
The Trenches

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.

Back Arrow Previous

Photo 3 of 12

Next Next Arrow