One of the Lucky Ones: For this Man World War 1 is Over

Captured German SoldierA wounded German prisoner of war is led to a field hospital by a British orderly. The date and location of this photo are not known, but it would have been taken somewhere on the Western Front.

I think that this photograph really drives home the reality of trench warfare during World War 1. The German soldier is dressed in tattered, muddy clothes. His face is bloodied and bruised; his eyes are swollen to the point of being shut. His left arm is not in his sleeve; perhaps it is in a sling under his coat – hopefully he has not lost it.

 

 

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But as much as this German soldier is in bad shape, he is one of the lucky ones. For him the war is over.

 

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