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American soldier manning a Lewis Gun on the Western Front, Flanders

American soldier manning a Lewis Gun on the Western Front, Flanders


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American soldier manning a Lewis Gun on the Western Front, Flanders

702021 American soldier manning a Lewis Gun on the Western Front, Flanders, 9th July 1918 (b/w photo) by American Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; Peter Newark Pictures; American, out of copyright

Media ID 23229014

© Peter Newark Pictures / Bridgeman Images

1914 18 1st World War Firing Flanders Machine Gun Machine Guns Manning Parapet Trench Trenches Uniformed Western Front 1914 1918 Wwi Ww One Banquette First World War 1914 1918 Great War Lewis Gun


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This photograph captures a moment frozen in time during the tumultuous period of World War I. The image showcases an American soldier, resolute and focused, manning a Lewis Gun on the Western Front in Flanders on July 9th, 1918. Clad in his military uniform, he stands tall amidst the chaos of trench warfare. The soldier's intense gaze reveals both determination and vulnerability as he handles this powerful machine gun with expertise. The Lewis Gun itself is an emblem of technological advancement during this era of conflict. Its presence symbolizes the ever-evolving weaponry that defined the Great War. Set against the backdrop of trenches stretching endlessly into the distance, this photograph offers a glimpse into the harsh reality faced by soldiers on the front lines. It serves as a poignant reminder of their sacrifice and bravery. Belgium's Flanders region was one of many battlegrounds where countless lives were lost or forever changed. This particular American soldier represents not only his nation but also all those who fought alongside him from around the world. Preserved within a private collection, this historic image allows us to reflect upon our shared history and honor those who served during World War I. As we observe this snapshot from over a century ago, let us remember their courage and resilience in defending freedom amidst unimaginable adversity.

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