|Camouflaged German machine-gunners lie in wait for any advancing Allied soldiers. As the faltering German Army exited the trenches of the Western Front and retreated eastward over open ground, rear-guard machine-gunners were left to slow the Allied advance. The units were hard to spot from the air and hard for foot soldiers to see, often until it was too late, and thus took a heavy toll on Allied soldiers toward the end of the war. Below: A German coastal gun at Zeebrugge, Belgium, wrecked upon their retreat.
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