Pictures of World War I

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Hun Pill-Box in Ypres

The structure you see here is what’s left of a Hun (German) “Pill-Box”, which is a military terms for a concrete structure that serves as a guard post.  It’s usually well-fortified and often camouflaged somewhat to remain as concealed as possible.  The name comes from the fact that they are often hexagonal and/or cylindrical in shape resembling an old English “pill box”.   Besides repeated shelling, a flamethrower is often effective in neutralizing a pill-box.   Frank Hurley (1885-1962) took this photo in Ypres.

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