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Incredible Pictures Of World War I Battlefields From Above 

Jacob Bryant
Updated October 24, 2018 3.6k views 15 items

The battlefields of World War I brought the concept of trench warfare to a new extreme. The war, which drastically changed the world, saw the weaving, snake-like pathways crop up quickly and over long distances.

Those trenches, and the mine-filled and crossfire-laden No Man's Land between them, comprised some of the most gruesome living conditions from any war. That's what makes these aerial photos of World War I battlefields - many from the book The Great War Seen From the Air - both horrifying and remarkable.

Battle of the Somme is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Incredible Pictures Of World War I Battlefields From Above
Photo: Interim Archives/Contributor/Archive Photos/Getty Images

The British and French fought the Battle of the Somme against the Germans between July 1 and November 18, 1916. Fought on the Somme River, it was incredibly bloody. When the dust settled, both sides lost a combined 1.5 million soldiers.

Battle At Soissons
Battle At Soissons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Incredible Pictures Of World War I Battlefields From Above
Photo: Universal History Archive/Contributor/Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Soldiers fought the Battle of Soissons over a four-day period, from July 18 to July 22 in 1918. It was waged between the French - who had American assistance - and the Germans.

Lochnagar Crater
Lochnagar Crater is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Incredible Pictures Of World War I Battlefields From Above
Photo: Print Collector/Contributor/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Formed during the Battle of the Somme, the Lochnagar Crater appeared when a mine exploded under the German front lines.

Battle of Verdun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Incredible Pictures Of World War I Battlefields From Above
Photo: Roger Viollet/Contributor/Roger Viollet/Getty Images

The Battle of Verdun was the longest battle during WWI, lasting from February to December of 1916. It was also the bloodiest battle of the entire war.