Six photos of the Great War that proves humor transcends all ages and conflicts. Cue “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.



  • Because nothing is more important than good grooming habits.
  • "I got the shot, just don't move for the next 60 seconds or so."
  • Want to know what was more staged than the photo of Douglas MacArthur returning to the Philippines? This photo.
  • Can you see me now?
  • An American soldier finds a new and inventive way of putting his gas mask to good use while peeling onions.
  • A very good boy dressed as a German soldier, France, 1915. (adoc-photos/Corbis/Getty Images)


*All photos courtesy of the National Archives unless otherwise noted.