A naked muscleman, armed with a sword, is sitting on a warhorse. Ukrainian men and women, walking their pig, stare anxiously at the aeroplanes overhead. German soldiers fight with rats and fleas in their quarters. These drawings of soldiers and Ukrainian people are works of art by soldiers of the German Armeeoberkommando (army supreme command), also called AOK Scholtz after its general, Friedrich von Scholtz. An army newspaper printed and distributed this 12-page booklet on New Year’s Eve 1916. It includes war poems by the German patriotic poet Theodor Körner.
The booklet demonstrates the various expectations of a soldier: the desire to be seen as a hero, overcoming the difficult everyday life of war, experiencing the oddities of different cultures and the need to distinguish oneself from foreigners.
- Article by:
- Paul Gough
- Representation and memory
Professor Paul Gough introduces British and Belgian artists of World War One, from Henry de Groux and his eyewitness responses to the Belgian invasion, to the later generation of British artists who transformed their frontline experiences into abstract, modernist artworks.