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great-grandpa joe in world war one

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Joe and his war buddies posing together with their side-arms. I don't know enough about what his position was during the war or what he did. I also don't know enough about guns to know what sort of pistols they're holding. But I love the photograph. And I love the fake backdrop! His full name was Joe (Joel) Whiteley.

Others knowing better and having told me, here's info on the pistols shown here:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1911_pistol

pwbaker, sunnybrook100, Geoff LMV, and 59 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. freeparking :-| 75 months ago | reply

    tiannanita...yes, you can use this image for whatever you want. :)

  2. gavinvz 74 months ago | reply

    Wow really amazing picture!

  3. max.sampson 72 months ago | reply

    it always makes me upset when i see pictures like this one

  4. First World War Poetry Digital Archive 69 months ago | reply

    This is a call to arms!
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    Tag your photo greatwararchive and read the group description

  5. mikescottnz 67 months ago | reply

    Great vintage photo with proud pistols. Given the latest Wall St Bankers debacle there's a sense that history repeats.For the interesting ,alternative history overview of the US or our western financial system ; that has perhaps promoted a false engagement in several wars for the bankers profits, the Zietgeist movie clips are a ? must see or allow one to think outside the mainstream or square.See below.

    www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_149 10.cfm

  6. freeparking :-| 67 months ago | reply

    mikescottnz - Poor guy, you've fallen into a deranged paranoia whirlpool. Swim hard to try to get out. I'm rootin' for you.

  7. mikescottnz 67 months ago | reply

    Cute, kind of understandable reaction ,I guess, not wishing to dis ya great-grandpa , as it's all a bit much to contemplate. It would feel like stock 'conspiracy theory' to many no doubt, and no disrepect to our elders some of whom fought in wars of self defence. Still, if you look what say, the Falklands/Malvinas war did for Maggie Thatcher staying in office longer as she was getting unpopular back in 1981? Was it not the same for the failed presidency of Bush jnr ? Gun mad, guess I'm glad I do live in a place where it's not taken for granted.

  8. B.e.D 64 months ago | reply

    Definitively, if he was in the US Army, it is a Colt 1911 a great pistol.

  9. Leroy, 61 months ago | reply

    Fifteen out of fifteen men are fully aware that they have a gun.

  10. mikescottnz 61 months ago | reply

    American gun narcissism goes back to the early rebel founders?

  11. braincast 59 months ago | reply

    I think I can spot the one going to shoot himself in the foot, if he ever manages to get his finger on the trigger that is...

  12. ParishTorch 53 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Military Groupies, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  13. mlhradio 38 months ago | reply

    Congratulations on receiving more than 25,000 views, that's quite impressive! You might want to consider graduating this photograph from the 'Views: 10000' group to the 'Views: 25,000' group, which can be found here: www.flickr.com/groups/views25000/

    Once again, congratulations and hopefully your photos will receive many more views in the future!

  14. rngrdan 34 months ago | reply

    If some one sneezed with that many fingers on the trigger only the three guys on the far left would have survived this photo.

  15. Sabuna 24 months ago | reply

    Hello! As I am an art historian and researcher from Switzerland I am interested in family history and such interesting old pictures and fotographs. I found out, where the place is, which is represented in the background painting. It is Koblenz in Germany. I was thinking that it should be a city on the Rhine river. And I am also interested in bridges. So it is the "Moselbrücke in Koblenz" (moselbridge in Koblenz). Do you know that already? The Americans marched into Koblenz on Dec 12th 1918. 1923 the military power over Koblenz was going to the French. So your grandfather was probably there....

  16. Sabuna 24 months ago | reply

    This old painted postcard I found on the internet helped me, it shows the same point of view of the city: I hope that you can open the following link:

    www.akpool.de/ansichtskarten/24134004-litho-koblenz-rhein...

  17. freeparking :-| 24 months ago | reply

    That is awesome information, I didn't know any of that. Thanks for commenting!

  18. Sabuna 23 months ago | reply

    Hy! It is just an assumption, which I found out in a very short time. Of course it has to be verified, but when you compare the old postcard with the background picture they look alike, don't they.

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