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Whispering Walls: First World War Graffiti (Paperback)

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Synopsis

The soldiers of the First World War left a little-known legacy in forgotten caves along the Western Front: thousands of inscriptions and wall carvings that tell stories of courage, pride, hope and fear.



Limestone quarries and bunkers along the front lines in north-eastern France, where the men sheltered, have been rediscovered by archaeologists in recent years. Thousands of British and Commonwealth soldiers pencilled their name, rank and serial number and even their home addresses onto the walls in the agonising awareness that this might their last trace. In the relative safety of crowded tunnels, they wrote poems and displayed astonishing artistry in the portraits and sculptures they carved into the rough rock.



Whispering Walls takes the reader into the gloom of these timewarp locations under the Western Front where the graffiti, in many cases as clear as if it had been written yesterday, rings out with the question: will I survive?



The book traces the fates of individual soldiers and presents some of the most striking inscriptions in over 100 photographs. Now that the last survivors have gone, the writings provide fresh insight into their mindset and are helping researchers to trace the missing, over a century since the guns fell silent.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArt formsCollage, Photomontage, Graffiti & Street ArtHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistoryFirst World War Publisher: Amberley Publishing Publication Date: 15/05/2023 ISBN-13: 9781398111882  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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David Crossland is a journalist and photographer who has been visiting the Western Front for the past 20 years and has written extensively about the legacy of the First World War. The former Berlin bureau chief for Reuters, he has written for publications including the Guardian, The Times, Sunday Times and Der Spiegel.

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