Great War Pictures
Archive of First World War Photos -
War Postcards - Original picture postcards of the Great War
shows a varied collection of all kinds of picture
postcards from the period of the First World War. These
war postcards show us not only fine pictures, they are
historically valuable war documentsas well and
teach us about the way many aspects of war were imagined
in several belligerent and neutral countries.
World War I – named the Great War at the time - started at August
2, 1914. It was supposed to be ‘The war to end all wars’. It would be a short war (‘Home before Christmas’) but was to rage on for four
long years with extreme devastating force. It was the first complete, large-scale, industrial war that would not only demand millions of dead, wounded, mutilated and missing among military and civilian people -
children, women and men – but in addition was to bring incomprehensible material damage.
- Great War Pictures -
shows this war in all its gruesomeness. Please remember that reality can never be resembled more effectively than in these photos. This reality is really beyond any description. Some photos are truly hair-raising, but are shown nevertheless without reserve because they represent the Great War – any war.
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Medical aspects of
the First World War
Article based on the extended content of the book Before
My Helpless Sight - Suffering,
Dying and Military Medicine on the Western Front 1914 - 1918
by dr. Leo van Bergen.
most books in the field this study does not focus on one
single issue - such as venereal disease, plastic surgery,
shell-shock or the military medical service - but takes a
broad view on wounds and illnesses across both sides of the
conflict. Drawing on British, French, German and Dutch
sources it shows the consequences of modern warfare on the
human individuals caught up in it, and the way it influences
our thinking on 'humanitarian' activities.
The Royal Naval Division - Sailors in the First World War trenches
Originally, this division was part of the Royal Navy, manned by sailors
and marines. Shortly after the outbreak of war, they were told they had
to become infantry-men. A search for traces of this division leads to
Antwerp, Gallipoli, the Somme, Arras, Passchendaele, to end in London.
photos are taken from my private collection books and
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