What is this?This is a series of four photographs copyrighted by four individuals from Vancouver at some time in 1918. The title of the series and the content of the photographs are gruesome, the explosions, wounded men and blasted landscapes contradicting the pastel representations of heroic soldiers seen elsewhere in Canadian war propaganda. This suggests that these photographs were copyrighted with the intention of reproducing and showing Canadian civilians the horror of the war; if this is the case it is worth noting that one of their number, William Percy Kibbler, was a Sergeant in the 72nd Battalion of the Canadian Infantry.
- Article by:
- Vanda Wilcox
- Race, empire and colonial troops, Life as a soldier
In a war that saw new weaponry technology and great numbers of casualties, Assistant Professor Vanda Wilcox considers the common experiences of soldiers in active combat.