Trenchcore is an aesthetic inspired by a romanticised version of early modern and industrial warfare (predominantly World War One). It is centred on ideas of strong bonds with your friends and standing up for causes you believe in. Common themes associated with it are loyalty, long-distance relationships (platonic or otherwise), and Vintage clothing. Trenchcore could be related to other aesthetics such as Royalcore, Dadaism, and similar.



Visual references for trenchcore can include:

  • trenches
  • military uniform
  • horses
  • weaponry
  • barbed wire
  • ruined/abandoned buildings
  • etc.




  • 1917 (2019)
  • Wonder Woman (2017)
  • War Horse (2011)
  • Private Peaceful (2012)
  • Joyeux Noël (2005)


  • They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
  • Gallipoli (2005)
  • The Battle of the Somme (1916)
  • 25 April (2015)
  • 14-18 (1963)

TV Shows



  • The Passing Bells (2014)
  • The Crimson Field (2014)
  • Anzac Girls (2014)
  • Our World War (2014)
  • 37 Days (2014)
  • Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)


  • The First World War (2003)



  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  • The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason
  • The Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker
  • Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
  • A Medal for Leroy by Michael Morpurgo


  • Good-Bye to All That: An Autobiography by Robert Graves
  • Love Letters of the Great War by Mandy Kirby
  • Fighting Proud by Stephen Bourne
  • Black Poppies by Stephen Bourne
  • A World on Edge by Daniel Schönpflug
  • Forgotten Voices of the Great War by Max Arthur
  • A History of the First World War by B. H. Liddell Hart



  • Poems from the First World War by Gaby Morgan
  • Poetry of the First World War by Marcus Clapham
  • Some Desperate Glory by Max Egremont
  • The War Poets: An Anthology by Siegfried Sassoon
  • The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen by Wilfred Owen


  • Voices of the First World War (podcast)
  • War Horse (stage play)




  • Equestrian
  • Football/Soccer
  • Wheelbarrow racing
  • Wrestling
  • Pillow fights
  • Shooting


  • Playing cards
  • Sketching
  • Journalling/Diary keeping
  • Writing poetry
  • Reading
  • Handwriting letters to loved ones
  • Carrying around pictures of your loved ones
  • Singing
  • Getting merry with your friends
  • Visiting museums or historical landmarks
  • Visiting graveyards (respectfully, bring flowers if you can as WW1 graves are often empty, do not use graves as props for photoshoots)
  • Attending a memorial/parade to honour soldiers

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