The First World War played a vital role in shaping the world we live in. One hundred years on, its events and its impact can be difficult to comprehend – but break it down into smaller narratives and it becomes more accessible.

The objects pictured here are mute witnesses from the conflict: each has a story of its creation and its subsequent use in the field. For many items associated with war, that tale is plain to see: machine guns intended to kill, gas masks to protect.

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