History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

07 January, 2012

Casualties of World War One

Yesterday, the government tried to get us to join World War One by basically lying to us about what that meant. 

Today, the reality of what that meant. 

The majority of soldiers were wounded at least once; ten percent of those who fought in World War One were killed. 

Wounded after a battle waiting to be taken to dressing stations. Source

Stretcher bearer tending to a badly wounded sergeant. Source

A wounded man being taken out of a trench. Source

Bringing a sandwich to a wounded man. Source

Wounded lying under awnings. Source

Tending to wounded at an advance dressing station. Source

Tending to wounded in German trenches (note the shell shock of the man left of centre). Source

Dressing wounds of an ANZAC man. Source

Bringing in a wounded German prisoner. Source

Seriously wounded man being brought aboard a ship on a stretcher. Source

Wounded men on hanging beds in an ambulance train. Source

Interior of a British ambulance train. Source

Tending to wounded on a train. Source

French and British soldiers having their wounds dressed-- the caption refers to the location as an ambulance train, though it hardly looks it. Source

Mothers visiting their sons in hospital. Source

Wounded young soldiers playing a game of croquet from wheelchairs. Source

Wounded Australian soldiers. Source

A wounded German and wounded Belgian walk arm in arm, 1915. Source

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