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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Mud and Guts: 1918

Mud and Guts: 1918

Somewhere in Europe circa 1918, from a series of World War I views. "Dead German artilleryman." Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Wo hin kommen Sie?

Pictures of dead Germans, from either of the world wars, always make me wonder if I've read their names on any of the war memorials I saw, in Germany; especially the one in the village we lived in. I always thought it was rude not to read as many of the names as I could.

I'll never know

An old friend of mine was born in 1918. On the day that he was born, his mom received notification that his father and her husband was killed in action on the Western Front. This could possibly be him, but for us, he's just another Unknown Soldier.

One of the most eerie things

about those WW1 battlefields, those stunted trees ripped to shreds by the shells just like the men.

More of the same

Those horses don't look too lively, either.

A War to End Wars

Didn't.

Tell me again, Kaiser Bill

just what good your war did for anybody?

Forgotten Heroes

Forgotten Heroes: A million horses were sent to fight in the Great War - only 62,000 came back.

Mud and war

From the great Bill Mauldin --

"Mud is a curse which seems to save itself for war. I'm sure Europe never got this muddy during peacetime. I'm equally sure that no mud in the world is so deep or sticky or wet as European mud. It doesn't even have an honest color like ordinary mud."

--"Up Front", 1945

 
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