WW1 Photos Centenary Website: 2014-2018 By Paul Reed

Winter War: Snow in the Vosges 1915


As winter officially began this week it is an apt period to be looking at winter on the battlefields of the Great War and all this month the site will feature images relating to the winter period during WW1.

We start with a German image of the Vosges mountains in the snow sometime in 1915. The Vosges was the end of the Western Front, an area of occasionally heavy fighting but largely characterised by long periods of static attritional trench warfare. Being in Eastern France it was also the colder end of the front where during the winter temperatures regularly dropped substantially below zero. While the landscape in the snow might look attractive, and this also appears like a tourist photo, the reality is that men had to live in holes in the ground on battlefields like this during the winter period. The Great War generation was tough but even they struggled to cope in landscapes frozen solid and covered with deep snow.

2 responses

  1. As I sit in my centrally heated bungalow, albeit with the heat off for a while, it is unthinkable to imagine days in the trenches in such conditions. You hear so much about the hardships during long bouts of torrential rain…..horrible…. but this is the first time I had considered the deepest winter months. As you say, they were certainly a hardy generation, those who survived anyway.
    Thanks for the thought provoking blog posts.

    03/12/2012 at 10:16

  2. Reblogged this on Joshua Lisec and commented:
    Happy winter!

    03/12/2012 at 13:36

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