Some shell cases on the roadside

Lone soldier surrounded by a mountain of empty shell cases, France. This lone British soldier up to his knees in spent shell cases, offers a striking impression of the destruction that took place on the Western Front. However, this picture only tells half the story, with the other part of the story being the damage that the shells from these cases inflicted upon the enemy. This photograph was taken by Tom Aitken, and may well have been used for propaganda purposes.

[Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. Some shell cases on the roadside in the front area, the contents of which have been despatched over into the German lines.’]

  1 comment for “Some shell cases on the roadside

  1. Jannette Chamberlain
    July 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    That is just shocking….

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