The first postcard is called ‘Horrors of war’, although we do not see any horrors explicitly. The viewer can only imagine what kind of news stories the nurse in the picture is reading about. The second postcard shows a nurse reading a newspaper to a wounded soldier and is called ‘Suffering and compassion’. Powerful images like these can often say more about the ways in which people coped with the war than depictions of the battles themselves. The artist who created these pictures, Timofei Mozgov (1866-1919), came from a family of peasants, but studied and lived for some time in Moscow. In 1914-1915 he painted several full size pictures dedicated to the war. The printers, D Khromov and M Bakhrakh started their business in 1913, mainly publishing postcards. During the war they produced several series of these cards, which became very popular.
- Article by:
- Jenny Tobias
- The war machine
Jenny Tobias explores the work of the Red Cross in World War One, from the provision of essential relief for sick or wounded soldiers and civilians, to the establishment of the International Prisoners of War Agency.
- Article by:
- Julie Anderson
- Race, empire and colonial troops, Life as a soldier
World War One created thousands of casualties from physical wounds, illness, and emotional trauma. Dr Julie Anderson reflects on the subsequent impact on the role of doctors and nurses, and the medical treatment, organisation and new technologies that they employed.