Dead horses

Description

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.

Full title:
Dead horses
Published:
September, 1918
Format:
Photograph
Held by:
Bibliothèque Nationale de France