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Ray Girvan

I took it as just the caption writer latching on to his appearance to make a propaganda point. My first thought was that the Germans must have been getting desperate toward the end of the war to conscript someone with majorly bad eyesight, judging by the thickness of his glasses.

John F. Ptak

Hi Ray--yes, official WWI photos were all very scripted and very tightly controlled. This one--which no doubt was great for propaganda purposes--has the loook o fa real snapshot, a real moment-in-time.

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