Candid Vintage Photographs That Show German Soldiers Using Latrines During World War I

Soldiers lived in the trenches when fighting during World War I, it was muddy, noisy and pretty basic. They didn’t have toilets so it was probably a bit stinky too.

The latrines was the name given to trench toilets. They were usually pits, 4 ft. to 5 ft. deep, dug at the end of a short sap. Each company had two sanitary personnel whose job it was to keep the latrines in good condition. In many units, officers gave out sanitary duty as a punishment for breaking army regulations. Before a change-over in the trenches, the out-going unit was supposed to fill in its latrines and dig a new one for the new arrivals. Continue reading »

“Sweetheart Grips”: WWII Soldiers Would Make Clear Grips For Their Pistols To Display Their Sweethearts

Soldiers throughout history have always personalised their equipment. By using something as artistic as nose art on a 16 ton bomber, or as simple as scratching their initials into their canteen or into the butt of their rifles. Since WWI, we have been used to battlefield art known as ‘trench art’. Continue reading »

Goofy Photos Of World War I Soldiers Posing With Fake Military Props

Flight from the sand desert [i.e., military camp] Neuhammer.” Nuehammer Military Camp, Germany, 1910-1912

Since the late 19th century, photo studio used fake airplanes, tanks, automobiles, trains and other scrapped military props for their photoshoots. Their popularity gained traction at the outbreak of World War I in Europe. Photographers were taken as souvenirs for servicemen at military training caps to send home to friends and families. Continue reading »

“The German Hair Force”: Portraits Of German Soldiers With Long Hair In 1970s

For 15 months during the 1970s, Germany’s armed forces, the Bundeswehr, allowed soldiers to wear their hair long, reflecting trends in society. The move angered the country’s NATO partners during the height of the Cold War and earned the military the disparaging nickname of the “German Hair Force.” Continue reading »

“Army Troops Around The House”: WW2 Toy Soldiers And Their Curious Adventures

Even grown-ups love to play toy soldiers. And some of them do that better than kids. For example, Canadian artist @littlearmymen creates toy soldier figures and takes photos of them. Sometimes, his army goes on weird adventures. Continue reading »

Incredible Colorized Photos Of Soldiers During World War One

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Here is a collection incredible colorized photos showing everyday life of soldiers from 1914-1918, during World War One. Continue reading »

US Soldiers Used Special Boots During The Vietnam War

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Richard Hoffman, 1-2 RT Hawaii

The US Army’s experimental “barefoot boot” was designed to leave the imprint of native feet by Special Forces patrol members. Continue reading »