JF Ptak Science Books LLC Post 1266
In the first image here we are introduced to a small group of captured German soldiers displaying a wide range of emotions over a wide range of faces. In the second image we see German prisoners though not with any helmets,.while lastly is a group of Irish/U.K. soldiers with German soldiers' helmets with no Germans.
There were over 8 million soldiers taken prisoner during WWI, that in addition to the 21 million who were wounded and the 9.7 million killed: 38 million. Plus 6.8 million civilians who were killed: 45 million. And the numbers for civilians wounded are just, well, not reliable, as they were not really collected, or collectible. At the end of it all, there were probably between 50 to 75 million soldiers and civilians killed or wounded or taken captive during the war...not including civilians who were killed by the hardships or starvation caused by the conflict. Big, big numbers. (My post from yesterday looked at the population/percentages of these losses, here)
Image 1.(Original photograph available at our blog bookstore here.)
Detail:the older man isn't much more so, just beaten, exhaustion.
In any event this is a grim photo--even the captor (Canadian?) looks non-committal.
In contrast is this photograph of uneven emotional display, showing American POWs in Germany in 1917:
Secondly is a photogravure showing a processional of captured German, taken circa. August 1918, and printed in 1919:
And the detail:
There were of course far greater collections of POWs, as seen in this picture:
The the last photo tells a different story (related more fully in an earlier post on this blog, here), a celebration of victory and survival: