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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Camouflage Experts

Without looking below the image, can you guess which year the following drawing was published, and the nationality of the two soldiers?

Had I not known better I would have said Germans on the Eastern front in 1941.

Well, are you ready for the correct answer? This drawing (based on a photo?) was published in the Swedish weekly Vecko-Journalen on July 30, 1916. The caption is just "PROTECTIVE DISGUISE" (my translation). No kind of source. My guess is that they are Germans or possibly Austrians - judging by the boots and the large hand grenade pouch. Does anyone know more or can guess more?

1 comment:

  1. nice one...right now, no neithe Germans nor Austrians. The soldier at the front is bearing a standard French infrantryman WW1 canteen, thus possibily a Berthier carabine judging from the barrel lenght on the right hand. I therefore assume with a certain degree of certainty we r talking about French soldiers on the Western front sometime between 1914 and 1918. Personally I am more inclined to think towards the end of the war though. at Verdun? at La Somme? who knows. Very much interesting drawing anyhow!