Image: German officers stand near an observation balloon near the Western Front in this handout picture taken in 1915

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Image: German officers stand near an observation balloon near the Western Front in this handout picture taken in 1915

German officers stand near an observation balloon near the Western Front in 1915. This picture is part of a previously unpublished set of World War I images from a private collection obtained by London's Archive of Modern Conflict. The collection offers unusual views of the war, from crashed planes to sinking ships, and from officers partying in their headquarters to the grim reality of life and death in the trenches. The year 2014 marks the centenary of the start of the war.

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Image: A German Air Force Officer sits astride a dead boar outside a house where he was stationed near the Western Front, in this 1918 handout picture

A German Air Force officer sits astride a dead boar outside a house where he is stationed near the Western Front in 1918.

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Image: Officers of the Imperial German Air Service compete at a squadron athletics meeting near the Western Front in this 1917 handout picture

Officers of the Imperial German Air Service compete at a squadron athletics meeting near the Western Front in 1917.

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Image: A German Friedrichshafen seaplane is seen crashed into a building in Germany in this handout picture

The wreckage of a crashed German Friedrichshafen seaplane sticks out of a building in Germany in 1918.

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Image: A German U-boat sinks an Allied merchant vessel in the Atlantic Ocean in this 1915 handout picture

A German U-boat sinks an Allied merchant vessel in the Atlantic Ocean in 1915.

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Image: An aerial photograph shows an Allied aircraft flying over the Western Front in this undated handout picture

An Allied aircraft flies over the Western Front in this undated photo.

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Image: Italian heavy artillery guns are pictured on the Italian Front in this 1918 handout picture

Soldiers are dwarfed by Italian heavy artillery guns on the Italian Front in 1918.

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Image: Captured German prisoners lie down in a field at Longueau, on the Western Front, in this August 1, 1916 handout picture

Captured German prisoners lie down in a field in Longueau, France, on the Western Front, on Aug. 1, 1916.

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Image: Dead British soldiers are pictured at a machine gun position on the Western Front in this 1918 handout picture

Dead British soldiers lie on the ground at a machine gun position on the Western Front in 1918.

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Image: A German officer of Flieger Abteilung 280 reads a book in a chateau where he is stationed near the Western Front

A German officer reads a book in a chateau where he is stationed near the Western Front in 1918.

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Image: U.S. soldiers model international gas mask designs in a factory producing and testing gas masks at the Chemical Development Laboratory in Philadelphia in this 1919 handout picture

U.S. soldiers model international gas mask designs at the Chemical Development Laboratory in Philadelphia in 1919.

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Image: German officers of Flieger Abteilung 280 have a party at a house where they are stationed near the Western Front, in this summer 1918 handout picture.

German Air Force officers throw a party at a house where they are stationed near the Western Front in 1918.

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Image: A view of women working at the Brewery Road Works munitions factory in this 1916 handout picture

Women work at the Brewery Road Works munitions factory in England in 1916.

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