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Trenchcore is an aesthetic inspired by a romanticized version of early modern and industrial warfare (predominantly World War One). It is centered 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 is related to other aesthetics such as Royalcore.


Visual references for Trenchcore can include:

  • Trenches
  • Military uniform
  • Horses
  • Weaponry
  • Aerial warfare
  • Barbed wire
  • Ruined/abandoned buildings




  • All Quiet on the Western Front (1930, 1979, 2022)
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
  • Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986)
  • Sky Bandits (1986)
  • The Trench (1999)
  • Joyeux Noël (2005)
  • War Horse (2011)
  • Private Peaceful (2012)
  • Wonder Woman (2017)
  • 1917 (2019)


  • The Battle of the Somme (1916)
  • 14-18 (1963)
  • Colonel Redl (1985)
  • Gallipoli (2005)
  • 25 April (2015)
  • Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
  • They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

TV Shows[]


  • 37 Days (2014)
  • Anzac Girls (2014)
  • Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)
  • Our World War (2014)
  • The Crimson Field (2014)
  • The Passing Bells (2014)
  • The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992)


  • The Great War (1964)
  • The First World War (2003)



  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • A Medal for Leroy by Michael Morpurgo
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  • Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  • Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
  • The Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker
  • The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason
  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  • I Am Canada and My Name Is America books about WWI


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


  • In Flanders Fields
  • 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 Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen by Wilfred Owen
  • The War Poets: An Anthology by Siegfried Sassoon


  • Voices of the First World War (podcast)
  • War Horse (stage play)
  • Flood by They Might Be Giants (album)



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


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