Friday, 7 February 2014

Military History Photo Friday: Beating Artillery Shells Into Drinking Cups

Why beat swords into plowshares when you can turn an artillery shell into a drinking cup? That's what one soldier did in World War One. Actually it was a fairly common practice and was part of a larger movement called Trench Art. When they weren't busy killing each other, stringing barbed wire, or hunting rats, soldiers took time out to express themselves. The detritus of war such as shell casings often provided the material.

These were done by a French soldier and bear the names Tahure and Hurlus, two villages near the Marne that were destroyed in the war and never rebuilt. You might also be interested in a German photo album from World War One that's just been published. Click the link for some gripping images.

Oh, and I'm over at Sioux's Page today talking about Writing About Women When You're a Man. Drop on by!

Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

4 comments:

D.G. Hudson said...

I like art made from other objects, and certain people will always try to revive something used, like they might in a apocalyptic environment, (if it wasn't toxic).

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Rusty Carl said...

That's a great thing to do with some weaponry.

Sioux said...

Sean--I'm starting your book this evening. And after this post, I'm wondering if one of the characters in Radio Hope creates art out of whatever's left in the messed-up world that YOU have created...

I guess I'll have to wait and see.

Sean McLachlan said...

Sioux, I'd love to hear what you think of Radio Hope once you've read it!

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