These photographs give us a glimpse of how soldiers back in the day lived out on the field. Leaving the comforts of home for extended periods of time to face the horrors of war without any guarantee of return must be daunting. Dugouts offer shelter and protection to soldiers from their dangerous surroundings and are an integral part of trench warfare. Personalizing these spaces may have served as a way to bring some aspect of normality to these very abnormal conditions.
Regardless of their reasons, these dugouts can serve as home decor inspiration. Goes to show that even in the bleakest conditions, customization is still part of the human spirit. Soldiers used makeshift furniture, ornamentation, window frames and flower pots, among other things, to liven up their bleak surroundings. These images overflow with humanity. Despite being on opposite sides of battles, these men had a lot in common. For example, most of these men likely would have preferred to be at home with their loved ones.
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