Incredible bravery of WW1 soldiers who rescued the wounded from no-man’s land seen in haunting pics

THESE haunting 100-year-old photos show the brave men, of all nationalities, and animals who risked their lives to rescue the wounded from No Man’s Land.

The often unarmed stretcher bearers put themselves in mortal peril during the First World War in their attempts to save their fallen comrades.

Two stretcher bearers carry their comrade back to relative safety after he fell in battle
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Powerful images, from the National Library of Scotland collection, show horses pulling empty medical stretchers across waterlogged track as they trudge back to the front line.

Another shows a stretcher bearer offering frantic first aid to a seriously injured Highlander in a mud-filled trench.

And one even shows German prisoners of War carrying injured British troops out of the heat of battle.

Around 10 million military personnel on both sides lost their lives during the war with the UK losing more than 700,000 soldiers.

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An Adavnced Dressing Station. If injured in the trenches, soldiers would end up here.[/caption]

Soldiers having a well-earned rest after a heavy spell of stretcher bearing
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Horse drawn sleighs are used to to pull the wounded through the mud of the Somme
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German prisoners helping British Tommies bring in the wounded
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Strecher bearer party. There were only four stretcher-bearers assigned to one company (about 120 men)
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A makeshift stretcher is made for a suffering German soldier as the bearers look unfazed by yet another injured comrade
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If the underfoot conditions were good, two men could carry a wounded soldier on a stretcher. In muddy and rainy conditions, however, it took four men to lift a stretcher
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Stretcher bearers moving hurriedly along a shell shattered road as the stretchers were so cumbersome the men carrying them wee frequently unarmed
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A wounded Tommy is removed from a trench after suffering a battle wound
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A member of the Red Cross tends to an injured German soldier
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The unarmed heroes help an injured sergeant in trench
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This tragic image shows dead stretcher bearers having paid the ultimate price for their comrades
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German prisoners of war being tasked as stretcher bearers for their Allied captors
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Wounded men of a third line Territorial Division being carefully moved to the rear on a light railway
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