The Atlantic’s “World War I in Photos : Animals at War” – Week 4

This weeks theme is a little hard to embrace.  Horses, dogs, pigeons, camels, elephants….all put to work to support the effort on the front.

The Atlantic’s “World War I in Photos: Animals at War” 

The images of horses are perhaps the hardest to look at. Fallen animals line the edges of the battlefield, just one more casualty ignored by soldiers passing by.  World War I was a transitional era, men dug into trenches being pounded by thousands of rounds of artillery fired by cannons that represented the most advanced weapons of the era, but horses still used to drag the cannons thru the mud.  Not sure why involving animals seems more cruel than men, but I suppose there is an innocence and a loyalty of service that comes with domesticated animals that just makes it seem more cruel.  The exhausted dog in the in the image below just swam across a channel to bring a message to his handler. Hard to see “man’s best friend” used as an instrument of war.


Help The Atlantic with their subtitles! – Wk1 and Wk2

Updated this post to show the plane types in the first two weeks of Alan Taylor’s “World War I in Photos”.  Special thanks to WWHappy in my squad and Doc, Lufbery, FokkerJ at the Aerodrome for their assistance

Wk1-8 The Bleriot XI

This was the aircraft used by Louis Bleriot in 1909 to make the first flight across the English Channel.  These planes entered military service in 1910 and were utilized by the French, British and Italian armies, primarily in observation duties


Wk1-16 The Curtiss JN-4

Nicknamed the Jenny, this plane was built by the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company. in 1916.   It is estimated that 95% of all WWI trainee pilotsin North America flew the JN-4, but none saw combat service during the war.


Wk2-4 The Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2.c

A British single engine tractor two seat biplane that was in service with the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) from 1912 until the end of the war. 3,500 where built and used primarily for reconnaissance and as light bombers.


Wk 2-7 The AEG G.IV

A German bomber brought into service in 1916, it flew both days and nights in France, Romania, Greece and Italy. This plane could carry a bomb load of 880 lbs and some crews were known to fly as many as seven missions in a single night.

Wk2-7_AEG IV

Copy Stand Study

Was able to borrow a digital camera with more capability than the one I own, so was able to put the copy stand to the test more completely

Here is my set up.  The goal was to build a big enough surface that I could use it to combine the journal with artifacts, like fold out maps from WW1 or copies of After Action Reports.  The storyline is that “Rupp’s Sketchbook” was discovered in an old file and was sent to the Smithsonian to be analyzed.  This work suface is the archivist and as we page thru the journal, different artifacts will spill out ( perhaps even some of Rupp’s old cigar butts)


I shot a series of images to test the proper settings

Pic1I took the best of them and than added text and a sketch.  This is a pretty rough cut, the text is not following the curve of the paper and the camera I borrowed needed some serious cleaning, notice a lot of little dots when I blew it up, but this gives a sense of where I am trying to get too.



TestJournalGetting a lot closer to what I was hoping to achieve.  Now all I need is more time to sketch and write!