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Crucifix knocked over by a shell - figure remained intact

In the background the landscape and the road are visible. The foreground is dominated by a concrete base housing a snapped-off post. On the ground, symbolically, lies the intact crucifix.

 

It is difficult not to wonder whether this image was staged by the photographer for its emotive effect. Images of crosses, church towers and statues of the Virgin Mary standing upright amongst a landscape devastated by fighting are common among official photographs.

 

[Original reads: 'A crucifix knocked over by a shell. The figure remained intact.']

 

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Taken circa 1918