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Soldiers and locals outside a German grafittied building, during World War I | by National Library of Scotland
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Soldiers and locals outside a German grafittied building, during World War I

Soldiers and locals outside a building with German graffiti, during World War I. A large group is lying in a dirt road up against the wall of a building. The door of the building is daubed with "Gott strafe England" i.e. "God punish England". The group is made up of soldiers, women and children, many of whom are wearing the soldiers helmets.

 

The slang British term used here for German, 'Hun', gained popular usage after Kaiser Wilhelm II urged his troops to 'behave like Huns' to win the war. Tommy' is 'Tommy Atkins', a fictional hero figure representing the average British soldier.

 

[Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. A merry party in a newly captured village. The Huns [sic] bitterness does not upset the British Tommy.']

 

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Taken sometime in 1918