"Wild Eye", the Souvenir King

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  1. Béa ! 18 months ago | reply

    c'est un beau document !

  2. VP photographie 18 months ago | reply

    hello I am French and I know where this is the place where the battle took place and where the soldier fought in France is not loinde home.beautiful photo

  3. xiphophilos 16 months ago | reply

    This picture was most recently published in Max Arthur's "Faces of World War I". There you can also find the myth that Kaiser Wilhelm put Barney Hines on his personal Most Wanted list, whatever that means.

  4. fotogal11 15 months ago | reply

    Hello all, this particular WW1 photograph in sepia tones represents the common soldier in the field during a very conflicting war in Europe that basically ended monarchies and rewrote country boundary lines.
    There were about 16 official photographers in Britain at the beginning of the WW1 who were assigned to the front to take documentary photographs. Back in those days, the war at the front was very controlled and news and photographs were censored heavily by the government and were most often taken for propaganda purposes.
    It is interesting that now in the digital age, there is a movement to documnet and preserve these images as best as possible.
    Thanks for letting me share.

  5. excellentzebu1050 13 months ago | reply

    Excellent picture
    Compliments

  6. mustaphasi 11 months ago | reply

    Photo as art.Wonderful.

  7. polepenhollow 9 months ago | reply

    Beyond all comments, it doesn't matter what side he was on, the "Thousand Yard Stare"

  8. olemt1 9 months ago | reply

    I love to explore the picture to see how many different souvenirs he has gathered. I wonder if all of them were taken from dead enemies.

  9. northernkite 9 months ago | reply

    I thought the sappers had enough junk to lug around without this amount of booty as well? Fantastic image, he looks slightly mad.

  10. flicker: 7 months ago | reply

    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the heaviest weight he has to carry. It writes itself across a soldier's life and like a virus is brought home to infect everyone he knows. The junk he carries around with him may have no meaning at all. Just relics taken from the people he had to kill.

  11. northernkite 7 months ago | reply

    Wise words indeed. I imagine that the items he collected helped him to rationalise the insanity of war and as you say many soldiers, sailors and airmen were to suffer from PTSD upon their return to Civvy street. My own grandfather joined the Navy aged 15 in 1915 and fought at the Battle of Jutland on H.M.S. Collingwood. He too had souvenirs of the war including a German tobacco tin.

  12. poutchi 7 months ago | reply

    toute l'horreur de cette guerre dans son regard, rien à voir avec les guerres actuelles où les combattants ont une idée sur ce qu'ils défendent; et un espoir d'y arriver. La grande boucherie de 14 en était dépourvue.

  13. Out Snapping 6 months ago | reply

    I read, somewhere, that actually had a bounty on his head instigated by the Kaiser; whether this was wartime propaganda or not I have no idea.

  14. xiphophilos 6 months ago | reply

    Maybe you read this nonsense in Max Arthur's "Faces of World War I", see my comment above. I'm sure the Kaiser had better things to do than to create a personal Most Wanted list for the many soldiers on both sides, like Barney Hines, that were plundering the battle field for souvenirs. There was a whole World War going on, after all.

    BTW, the picture is said to have been taken after the battle of Polygon Wood, 27 September 1917 (Bill Gammage, The Broken Years: Australian Soldiers in the Great War. Ringwood, Vic.: Penguin Books, 1990, page 274). John "Barney" Hines was a member of the AIF's 45th battalion, born in Liverpool in 1873. More info: (www.awm.gov.au/exhibitions/fiftyaustralians/24.asp)

  15. Out Snapping 6 months ago | reply


    No, I've never read Max's books; might have been someone repeating what they read in one of his books.
    My main reading is Divisional and Battalion war diaries/histories.

  16. Sholing Uteman 6 months ago | reply

    They reckon that Barney pushed a piano around for 3 days LOL

  17. andreajillian86 6 months ago | reply

    Impressive photo National Media Museum photography & retouch I am interested in licensing this shot please contact me via artists@picsastock.com. Regards, Andrea

  18. National Media Museum 6 months ago | reply

    Hi Andrea. If you're interested in licensing this image, please contact the Science and Society Picture Library who will be happy to help you. Thanks, Emma.

  19. Vintage.G.I.Joe 5 months ago | reply

    He's not happy!

  20. crisharma 4 months ago | reply

    A VINTAGE PICTERE IS GREAT. kidsfashionmore.com/

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