War: World War I
This board surveys the events of WWI (1914-1918). Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz once wrote that "War is a continuation of politics by other…
The Sociological Cinema
"The War Triptych," 1929-1932
The artist, Otto Dix, bore witness to the horrors of the First World War, but he had also borne witness to the 19th century faith in inevitable, unstoppable progress. "Savagery and barbarism weren't external to be found only in the colonies, but inside all of us. They had seen that industry and progress and the supposed triumph of Enlightenment rationalism did not guarantee the survival of civilization (quoted from "The Cult of Progress." Civilizations, Season 1, Ep. 8). Artist: Otto Dix
"Shock troops advance under gas," c. 1924
The gas mask represents the terrifying flipside of technological power and the flawed ideals of empire, as Europe turned on itself. War was no longer about conquering supposedly backward peoples for the enlightened European empires. The lie was exposed. Industrial warfare had transformed the soldier from warrior to victim, emaciated and cowering like a wounded animal" (quoted from Civilizations, Season 1, Ep. 8). Artist: Otto Dix
The 369th Infantry Regiment, 1919
The 369th Infantry Regiment was known for being the first African American regiment to serve with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. "Some of the colored men of 369th (15th N.Y.) who won the Croix de Guerre for galantry in action. Front row, left to right: Private 'Eagle Eye' Ed Williams; 'Lamp Light' Herbert Taylor; Pvt. Leon Fraitor; Pvt. 'Kid Hawk' Ralph Hawkins. Back row, left to right: Sgt. H.D. Prinas; Sgt. Dan Storms; Pvt. 'Kid Woney' Joe Williams...
Women In Uniform During The First World War: The Women's Royal Naval Service, Two WRNS ratings on the quayside at Lowestoft checking the air pressure in Electric Contact (EC) mines circa 1918. Note the mines laid out in the background. They are being connected to form mine nets which were used along the French and Belgian coast to conter the operations of coastal U-Boats, circa 1918. Photo credit: G P Lewis
Brigadier-General J.V. Campbell (seen standing on the bridge to the left) congratulates soldiers of the 46t Division after their successful crossing of the St. Quentin Canal in France. It was the first full breach of the German Hindenburg Defense Line and a decisive Allied victory, October 1918. Photo credit: PA Photos / PA Archive / Press Association Images — in Soissons, France.