Even today, a century after the start of the Great War, the countryside still bears scars.

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Trenches and pockmarks from exploded bombshell at Battle of the Somme, in northern France.
Photo from exhibition: Fields of Battle—Lands of Peace in Paris by ichael St. Maur Sheil

These amazing photos by Irish landscape photographer Michael St. Maur Sheil feature different battle sites across Europe, in which you can trace grass-covered trenches and pockmarks from exploded bombshells.

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Scars from World War I Battle of the Somme in France: The nearly 70 feet deep Lochnagar Crater. Photo from the photo exhibition Fields of Battle—Lands of Peace in Paris by Michael St. Maur Sheil

His exhibition, “Fields of Battle—Lands of Peace,” is now on display in Paris along the wrought-iron fence of Luxembourg Gardens. It includes 79 contemporary photographs of World War I battlefields. If you have time listen to this 10-year-old interview (90th anniversary of the Armistice in 1918) of Michael St. Maur Sheil explaining what’s behind his work:

Wonderful work… This is not to mention the scars left behind by WW2…and now getting ready for WW3. We haven’t learned a damn thing. And as Einstein said: “I don’t know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

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