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Keystone View Company Setting Up Large Searchlight in Advance Lines, Vosges Sector

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09584.109 Author/Creator: Keystone View Company Place Written: s.l. Type: Stereocard Date: 1914-1918 Pagination: 1 stereocard ; 8.7 x 17.7 cm.

Summary of Content: In this photo, soldiers are setting up a searchlight in a trench in the woods. Searchlights were important pieces of technology because they provided visual on enemy movement much further than the eye can see.

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Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Subjects: World War IEuropeTrench WarfareMilitary Personnel

Sub Era: World War I

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