sleepatnights:

Austrian soldier at the wooden trenches during WWI, Eastern Europe,1915.

sleepatnights:

Austrian soldier at the wooden trenches during WWI, Eastern Europe,1915.

(Source: deathandmysticism, via hackfleisch1917)

sydneyflapper:

alamaris:

  1. North African soldiers in Oise, France, 1917
  2. North African soldiers near the Western Front
  3. Indo-Chinese Sergeant
  4. Sikh and French soldiers in Pas-de-Calais, France, 1915
  5. Algerian soldiers in Oise, France, 1917
  6. Indian troops undergoing a gas mask drill
  7. Sengealese and other French colony soldiers
  8. Wounded Indian soldiers in France
  9. Provenance unknown
  10. Native American veterans of WWI

I’ve ranted about this before.  Popular books on WWI give one the impression that it was a war fought entirely (or at least predominantly) by white soldiers.  The reality is that more than a million colonial troops fought on all fronts of the war — and that’s not even counting the Native American and African American soldiers who came later, and the Turkish soldiers on the German side.

I’d include Maori and Indigenous Australians in this too…the latter had to face tremendous obstacles in order to sign up (restrictions were apparently relaxed somewhat towards the end)…indeed, although not even counted as Australian citizens at the time, some traveled great distances to recruiting stations in order to try and sign up, only to be rejected. Still, some managed to overcome this - in some instances by claiming to be Maori or Indian.

And here’s one of our WWI legends: Billy Sing, who had an astonishing record as a sniper at Gallipoli:

Sing’s father was ethnically Chinese (there has been recent controversy over an attempt to film a biopic that cast both Sing and his father as white Europeans - fortunately the uproar was such that the project was dropped, although I’d like to see an accurately cast version of the story).

WW1 was a war that, like most, should never have happened…but in remembering it, I do like to recall that the ANZAC that my grandfather belonged to, and fought in from Gallipoli to the end, was not entirely comprised of white Australians.

Tags: history WWI ww1

lostsplendor:

"Glamor of the Allies": French Postcard Set c. 1917 via Tuckdb

Give me the strength not to go write essays about these immediately.

Postcards by D. Tempest, c. 1916-18

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beatonna:

vintagephotos18:

Portrait drawing of Jasta 11 pilots by Arnold Busch, July 1917.

beautiful drawings

beatonna:

vintagephotos18:

Portrait drawing of Jasta 11 pilots by Arnold Busch, July 1917.

beautiful drawings

Lostsplendor is brilliant.

"Incident."

"Incident."

(Source: asyayay, via lennoxing-deactivated20130828)

J.C. Leyendecker illustration cover art for Kuppenheimer Style Booklet, Fall-Winter 1917-1918.

J.C. Leyendecker illustration cover art for Kuppenheimer Style Booklet, Fall-Winter 1917-1918.

beatonna:

abject-reptile:

Squidge (1915)

Once more unto the breach, dear Squidge, once more 

Small smush-faced war dogs are my cryptonite.

beatonna:

abject-reptile:

Squidge (1915)

Once more unto the breach, dear Squidge, once more 

Small smush-faced war dogs are my cryptonite.

nautilid:

psaaok:

“Travel?  Adventure?  Answer- Join the Marines!”
Marine Corps.  1917.  James Montgomery Flagg, artist.
Source

ah yes, the legendary Marine Jaguar Corps.

The derp is strong with this recruitment poster.

nautilid:

psaaok:

“Travel?  Adventure?  Answer- Join the Marines!”

Marine Corps.  1917.  James Montgomery Flagg, artist.

Source

ah yes, the legendary Marine Jaguar Corps.

The derp is strong with this recruitment poster.

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