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Outpost trench built around a cottage

Outpost trench built around a cottage

A machine-gun unit are using a cottage as a useful outpost. The gun itself is positioned to fire through the cottage window. The remainder of the group are standing below the line of fire in a defended trench. The group are alert, watching for enemy movement. The two men on the right of the picture demonstrate the age range of the soldiers. By 1918, the age up to which service was required was…