Battle of the Yser, 1914


This postcard depicts the cruelty of the Battle of the Yser in October 1914. It shows an elderly farmer with a dead cow, and civilians on the run in the background.

There is often a fine line between information and propaganda. This especially applies to war postcards such as this one.

Full title:
At the Yser - 1914
Postcard / Illustration
© Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)
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Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)

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