This set of photographs, taken by John Topham while working in RAF intelligence, was censored by the British Ministry of Information when they were taken during the Second World War. The images were captured during a visit to the base of the Royal Artillery Coastal Defence Battery at Shornemead Fort, near Gravesend, in Kent. Continue reading »
The Art of Self-Expression on a Steel Pot: Vintage Photos Showing Graffiti on Soldiers’ Helmets During the Vietnam War
A lot of the soldiers wrote graffiti on their helmets with inscriptions of their attitudes about where they were and why they were there. Continue reading »
Thinner, wiser, hairier… Photographer Yuriy Chichkov took pictures of army conscripts immediately after call-up and a month before demobilization. Here are the results.
Portrait photography has always been a special interest of Yuriy Chichkov. Russian and international celebrities, athletes, and politicians captured through his lens have graced the covers of leading Russian magazines. Continue reading »
Designed by Dan Abramson, ‘Yoga Joes’ is a set of green army men doing yoga poses with a clear message: do yoga not war! Each soldier demonstrates the proper posture for their yoga pose, meaning that the figurines are perfect gifts for beginners. Continue reading »
Soldiers lived in the trenches when fighting during World War I, it was muddy, noisy and pretty basic. They didn’t have toilets so it was probably a bit stinky too.
The latrines was the name given to trench toilets. They were usually pits, 4 ft. to 5 ft. deep, dug at the end of a short sap. Each company had two sanitary personnel whose job it was to keep the latrines in good condition. In many units, officers gave out sanitary duty as a punishment for breaking army regulations. Before a change-over in the trenches, the out-going unit was supposed to fill in its latrines and dig a new one for the new arrivals. Continue reading »
“Sweetheart Grips”: WWII Soldiers Would Make Clear Grips For Their Pistols To Display Their Sweethearts
Soldiers throughout history have always personalised their equipment. By using something as artistic as nose art on a 16 ton bomber, or as simple as scratching their initials into their canteen or into the butt of their rifles. Since WWI, we have been used to battlefield art known as ‘trench art’. Continue reading »
Since the late 19th century, photo studio used fake airplanes, tanks, automobiles, trains and other scrapped military props for their photoshoots. Their popularity gained traction at the outbreak of World War I in Europe. Photographers were taken as souvenirs for servicemen at military training caps to send home to friends and families. Continue reading »
For 15 months during the 1970s, Germany’s armed forces, the Bundeswehr, allowed soldiers to wear their hair long, reflecting trends in society. The move angered the country’s NATO partners during the height of the Cold War and earned the military the disparaging nickname of the “German Hair Force.” Continue reading »
Even grown-ups love to play toy soldiers. And some of them do that better than kids. For example, Canadian artist @littlearmymen creates toy soldier figures and takes photos of them. Sometimes, his army goes on weird adventures. Continue reading »
Here is a collection incredible colorized photos showing everyday life of soldiers from 1914-1918, during World War One. Continue reading »
The US Army’s experimental “barefoot boot” was designed to leave the imprint of native feet by Special Forces patrol members. Continue reading »