It’s very easy to examine the past and dismiss it as stories in a history book. It’s one thing to read about a battle, for example, it’s quite another to see photos or motion pictures.
This is the case with World War One. It was 100 years ago. One hundred years sounds very long ago, yet as you learn more about the conflict, it becomes tantalizingly close.
World War One in pictures is the focus of the first of eight private Pinterest boards I will make public over the next several months. So far, it has more than 200 pins and more are added frequently.
There are photos of battlefields, of course, but many of the photos depict the human side of the war.
In the screenshot below, we see soldiers posing proudly in their uniforms. But we also see a soldier overcome by the horror surrounding him, a man who was punished for not supporting the war effort and a poster reminding housewives of the importance of not wasting food.
These types of photos show us that the war was fought by real people who had real emotions and struggles. It also shows that the war affected not just the armies in battle, but noncombatants at home.
There is the perception that since old photographs are in black and white that people lived a drab existence. In reality, color photography was invented in the 1860s, and our ancestors lives were anything but drab.
I’ve included some rare color photos on my World War One board. The photo below shows a German soldier in his pale green uniform.
Finally, no ode to World War One is complete without recognizing women’s contributions to the conflict. Women served as nurses and worked in ammunitions factories. They made socks and bandages, did fundraising and created care packages. Moreover, they sacrificed much and mourned husbands, brothers, fathers, uncles and sons.
In the screenshot below, we see two of these brave women. Mairie Chisholm served as a frontline nurse. Flora Sandes donned a man’s uniform and fought on the battlefield.
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