Wednesday, October 08, 2008

WWI Trench Art Comes To Light

Story, Daily Mail.

It's one thing to fight war with your comrades together, your friends beside you, to support you and protect you.

It's another thing entirely to crawl out alone into no-man's-land to sketch enemy positions. Private Len Smith did this during WWI, and some of his sketches are being published as an e-book.

Here's a sample, a view of what a soldier might see when using a trench periscope; these were necessary because of snipers; anyone sticking his head over the trench parapet risked death from snipers.

Read the whole article, it's a great read. Private Smith's diary still includes two poppies that he pressed into its pages, still showing their original color after nearly a century.

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