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WWI Tribute to Horses

Started by cutiger83 , May 31 2017 10:39 AM

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#1 cutiger83

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 10:39 AM

I saw this powerful picture today which was taken in 1918. It was unknown who took this picture. American soldiers paying tribute to all the horses that lost their life in World War I. 

 

 

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#2 mhalstead1950

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 10:46 AM

Very cool, thanks for sharing!



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Posted 31 May 2017 - 10:53 AM

650 officers and enlisted men of Remount depot No 326, Camp Cody, NM



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Posted 31 May 2017 - 11:00 AM

The Remount and veterinary corps never really received their fair share of recognition for what they accomplished during the war. This is a great photo that I have never seen, thanks for sharing.

 

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 12:54 PM

Very cool photo...mike

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 01:27 PM

Very neat photo, thank you for sharing it.

 

It was a brutal war on anyone, but not least the animals caught in it.

 

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 01:12 PM

Wish I owned one like this!  I have only 3 remount squadron "yard long" photos, with nothing of real interest in them.  Really nice!    MHJ



#8 MTracey

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 03:33 PM

Great photo.  Very nice.



#9 fstop61

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 03:38 PM

Love the photo!



#10 vonmoen

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 04:48 PM

According to some records, around 8 million horses were killed in the First World War.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 05:46 PM

Very interesting pic. Thanks for posting.



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Posted 19 June 2017 - 10:18 AM

By most accounts, the cavalrymen and quartermaster personnel that manned the remount system were very attached to their charges.  This photo, however, was probably not done specifically as a tribute to those horses.  At some point during the War (or just after) a group of photographers went out and did a whole series of these "Living Insignia" photos.  The men were all grouped to form their divisional or unit insignias. It was common for the remount depots to include the silhouette of a horse's head on their divisional shoulder insignia; so it only follows that they should do this for their photo.




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