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Captured Austrian soldiers at Camporovere, Italy, in 1918.<br />

Poignant never-seen-before sketches that Winnie the Pooh illustrator E.H. Shepard drew from the First World War trenches have been published for the first time after they were discovered in a time-capsule box.

The incredible archive of more than 100 sketches only came to light when a trunk belonging to Shepard that had not been opened for almost 100 years was stumbled upon by researchers.

Shepard, who also illustrated Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows, was a soldier in WW1's bloodiest battles and constantly made drawings of his experiences and encounters on the battlefield.

The astonishing collection has now been published for the first time in a new book called Shepard's War, published by Michael O'Mara Books, that commemorates the artist's time on the front line.