These images are very impressive and show how things are different these days compared to how they were during the first World War.
The Great War as it is known, not sure why as no war is great to be honest, started on on July 28, 1914 100 years ago this year.
The Austrian- Hungarian Empire declared on Serbia after troubles in Sarajevo resulted in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, by Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip.
The war resulted in the mobilisation of over 70 million military personnel with 60 million if them being from Europe alone.
The conflict became one of the biggest and bloodiest in human history resulting in the deaths of more than 16 million people with a further 20 million injured.
The war even had countries as far afield as Japan and the US get involved.
Unlike today where news is instantaneous via social media and satellite TV in those days the only real way to document the horror and reality of the war was with photographs.
To commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War, photographer Peter Macdiarmid took photographs from World War I superimposed them onto photographs of the same locations from today creating an eerie now and then feel.
Macdiarmid’s photographs show the destruction of buildings across Europe like the silhouette of a lone person running through the streets of Rheims in France as the cathedral was being bombarded on April 30 1917.
One image is of the ruins of the town hall and belfry in Arras France superimposed on a picture of the town as it looks now.
The photos also show soldiers from both sides marching and relaxing in several locations littered with ruins and rubble.
German soldiers taking a rest during the First Battle of the Marne on the steps of the Vareddes Town Hall, France, 1914.
Image: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images; The Print Collector/Getty Images
A view of the basilica with a tilted statue of the Virgin in Somme, France in 1915.
Image: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images; Apic/Getty Images
Soldiers standing outside the ruins of the railway station at Roye, Somme, France during World War 1, 1917.
Image: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images; Culture Club/Getty Images
The town hall and the belfry of Arras in ruins, seen from the main square (Pas-de-Calais) during World War I.
Image: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images; Roger Viollet/Getty Images
British soldiers are captured by the troops of the Central Powers walking in the main square of the city Bruges.
Image: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images; Mondadori Portfolio/Getty Images
Rheims Cathedral during the bombardment in France on April 30, 1917.
Image: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images; Photo12/UIG/Getty Images
A French soldier in the ruins of Verdun after a German bombing in France in 1916.
Image: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images; Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone/Getty Images
The destruction of German airplanes at Place de la Concorde in Paris on the day of the restoration of Alsace-Lorraine on November 18, 1918.
Image: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images; Maurice-Louis Branger/Roger Viollet/Getty Images
London street urchins dressed as soldiers with paper hats and canes as guns stand to attention in Trafalgar Square, November of 1914. Behind them is a notice declaring ‘ The Need for Fighting Men is Urgent’.’
Image: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images; Topical Press Agency/Getty Images
A vintage postcard of the 4th King’s Own Royal Lancers Regiment marching into Tonbridge during World War One in March 1915.
Image: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images; Popperfoto/Getty Images
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