Injury and Soldiers in WW1

Damage was not only inflicted on places but on men's bodies. The First World War produced injuries and mutilations on mass. Here are some images of broken soldiers from the front lines.
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A hospital ceiling used for moving pictures - a cinema for bedridden wounded soldiers at an American base hospital in France allowing men unable to move the pleasures of the movies.

A hospital ceiling used for moving pictures - a cinema for bedridden wounded soldiers at an American base hospital in France allowing men unable to move the pleasures of the movies.

A Red Cross unit leaves Guy's Hospital, London, destined for the front line and receiving a send off from hospital staff. A unit consisted of ten surgeons, ten dressers, and twenty fully qualified hospital nurses.

A Red Cross unit leaves Guy's Hospital, London, destined for the front line and receiving a send off from hospital staff. A unit consisted of ten surgeons, ten dressers, and twenty fully qualified hospital nurses.

A wounded British soldier making his first attempt to walk with artificial legs. The photograph was taken at Queen Mary's Convalescent Auxiliary Hospital at Roehampton House. The hospital specialised in fitting artificial limbs under skilled advice and taught men how to use them. It was estimated that around 250,000 British soldiers lost limbs during World War I and one million worldwide.

A wounded British soldier making his first attempt to walk with artificial legs. The photograph was taken at Queen Mary's Convalescent Auxiliary Hospital at Roehampton House. The hospital specialised in fitting artificial limbs under skilled advice and taught men how to use them. It was estimated that around 250,000 British soldiers lost limbs during World War I and one million worldwide.

Wounded British soldiers at Le Havre, France, await their turn to board ship back to Folkestone

Wounded British soldiers at Le Havre, France, await their turn to board ship back to Folkestone

A wounded British soldier having his artificial leg adjusted following his first trial-walk with it at Queen Mary's Convalescent Auxiliary Hospital in Roehampton. The hospital specialised in fitting artificial limbs to wounded British soldiers. It is estimated that there were around 250,000 British amputees and one million soldiers altogether by the end of World War I.

A wounded British soldier having his artificial leg adjusted following his first trial-walk with it at Queen Mary's Convalescent Auxiliary Hospital in Roehampton. The hospital specialised in fitting artificial limbs to wounded British soldiers. It is estimated that there were around 250,000 British amputees and one million soldiers altogether by the end of World War I.

A wounded member of the Highland regiment is carried on board a ship bound for Folkestone by locals at Boulogne

A wounded member of the Highland regiment is carried on board a ship bound for Folkestone by locals at Boulogne

An ambulance motor car donated by Australians to the voluntary field hospital organised by Lady Dudley

An ambulance motor car donated by Australians to the voluntary field hospital organised by Lady Dudley

Reputedly the first British officer to arrive back in England from the front (many from the lower ranks had preceded him of course). He arrived in Folkestone on 27 August 1914.

Reputedly the first British officer to arrive back in England from the front (many from the lower ranks had preceded him of course). He arrived in Folkestone on 27 August 1914.

Two wounded, but cheerful, members of the Highland regiment on the Folkestone boat on their way back home from the front line.

Two wounded, but cheerful, members of the Highland regiment on the Folkestone boat on their way back home from the front line.

A scene in France showing members of the First-Aid Nurses' Corps bringing relief to a sufferer in the trenches.

A scene in France showing members of the First-Aid Nurses' Corps bringing relief to a sufferer in the trenches.


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A wounded British soldier making his first attempt to walk with artificial legs. The photograph was taken at Queen Mary's Convalescent Auxiliary Hospital at Roehampton House. The hospital specialised in fitting artificial limbs under skilled advice and taught men how to use them. It was estimated that around 250,000 British soldiers lost limbs during World War I and one million worldwide.

A wounded British soldier making his first attempt to walk with artificial legs. The photograph was taken at Queen Mary's Convalescent Auxiliary Hospital at Roehampton House. The hospital specialised in fitting artificial limbs under skilled advice and taught men how to use them. It was estimated that around 250,000 British soldiers lost limbs during World War I and one million worldwide.

MINISTRY INFORMATION FIRST WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION (Q 2438)   A group of female motor ambulance drivers from the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) with their vehicle, a Canadian Red Cross ambulance, at Etaples, France, on 27 June 1917.

MINISTRY INFORMATION FIRST WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION (Q 2438) A group of female motor ambulance drivers from the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) with their vehicle, a Canadian Red Cross ambulance, at Etaples, France, on 27 June 1917.

When grandfather was wounded on 29th August 1918, he spent a month in Bath War Hospital, Coombe Park, Bath. This picture of the hospital was taken in 1916.

When grandfather was wounded on 29th August 1918, he spent a month in Bath War Hospital, Coombe Park, Bath. This picture of the hospital was taken in 1916.

Craiglockhart War Hospital, Edinburgh (1917) Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen were amongst the patients during WW1

Craiglockhart War Hospital, Edinburgh (1917) Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen were amongst the patients during WW1

Point du Jour Redoubt.  Sketch by Fred A Farrell, shows a shell-swept. waste north-east of Arras.  http://net.lib.byu.edu/estu/wwi/memoir/docs/51st/images/plate17.jpg

Point du Jour Redoubt. Sketch by Fred A Farrell, shows a shell-swept. waste north-east of Arras. http://net.lib.byu.edu/estu/wwi/memoir/docs/51st/images/plate17.jpg

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Quintinshill rail disaster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

WW1: Boxes of food supplies being piled up. The number of boxes is so vast that the men working there are dwarfed by the sheer size of the stores. Boxes are being unloaded from two horse-drawn carts and a truck. In the foreground there are tracks, possibly for a light railway.    With around two million men in the British Army alone, it was a huge undertaking to feed them all by National Library of Scotland, via Flickr

WW1: Boxes of food supplies being piled up. The number of boxes is so vast that the men working there are dwarfed by the sheer size of the stores. Boxes are being unloaded from two horse-drawn carts and a truck. In the foreground there are tracks, possibly for a light railway. With around two million men in the British Army alone, it was a huge undertaking to feed them all by National Library of Scotland, via Flickr

George V - 1865-1936 - King of the United Kingdom & the British Dominions, & Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 through the 1st World War (1914–1918) until his death in 1936. George was a grandson of Queen Victoria & Prince Albert & the 1st cousin of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia & Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. He married his second cousin once removed, Princess Victoria Mary of Teck. on 6 July 1893 at the Chapel Royal in St. James's Palace, London. They remained devoted to each other to death.

George V - 1865-1936 - King of the United Kingdom & the British Dominions, & Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 through the 1st World War (1914–1918) until his death in 1936. George was a grandson of Queen Victoria & Prince Albert & the 1st cousin of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia & Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. He married his second cousin once removed, Princess Victoria Mary of Teck. on 6 July 1893 at the Chapel Royal in St. James's Palace, London. They remained devoted to each other to death.

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