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First World War composite photos bring past to life

Then-and-now images put snapshots of the Great War in a 21st century setting

It is more than a century since the First World War, but clever use of modern technology is bringing snapshots from the gruelling conflict into the present day.

Using modern photo-editing technology, artists and photographers have combined past and present images to create a stunning representation which merges First World War images with their 21st century setting.

German prisoners of war shuffle through Southend-on-Sea alongside modern holidaymakers, parading troops merge with commuters in London and convalescing soldiers play football in the grounds of a stately home where families now visit with their children.

Many settings have changed dramatically in the intervening century - piles of rubble blossom seamlessly into modern high streets - but some scenes remain eerily unchanged by the passage of time.

The photos serve as a reminder that every street, building or country lane has its own historical tale to tell, and that a war which ended 99 years ago can still seem frighteningly immediate.

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