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War is hell, except when it is fun. We are used to see sombre picture from World War 1 showing the death and devastation caused by the fighting. Here however is a slightly unusual and offbeat picture from 1914.

A young boy is stuffed inside the open mouth of a captured German trench mortar. He seems to be loving the idea that he might be shot out of a cannon. On the left, a French soldier is also smiling and laughing. The scene seems peaceful and lighthearted.

Yet the front was probably only a few miles away and most likely the fighting swept through this French village at some point, upending the lives of these peoples and their families. If they survived the war, chances are that they did not experience many more light hearted moments like this.