I was researching images of uniforms as source material ( and will post more on that in the future) but ran into a whole group of these portrait shots of young german soldiers before they went off to war. Apparently it was traditional to “decorate” the young man with flowers in the image, stuffed in their pockets, gun barrels etc. The uniform, the gear is all the same. The young men, each one unique and different.
One image alone is chilling…
Many of them together is numbing…..
At the Battle of Verdun alone over 300,000 men gave their lives. World War 1 as a whole, over 8 million men died. Hard to even comprehend. These images make it very personal and real to me.
Ashes! Ashes! We all fall down!