Dead horses



This photograph shows three dead horses next to two wagons. It is not clear whether the horses have died from exhaustion, or have been caught up in the fighting. Recent historical accounts reflect on the place of animals within pre-war European societies to consider the impact their use had on soldiers. French society, for example, was largely rural when war broke out, and the psychological effect on soldiers of watching the mass slaughter of familiar animals such as horses was significant.


L’historiographie française récente porte une attention renouvelée à la place des animaux dans les armées, notamment au cours de la Première Guerre mondiale. Dans une société encore très largement rurale, l’impact psychologique sur ces paysans devenus soldats de la disparition en masse des animaux de traits qui étaient les compagnons de leur horizon familier fut très certainement beaucoup plus important que ne le laisse supposer l’étude classique des sources.

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Dead horses
September, 1918
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Bibliothèque Nationale de France
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