Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Inside a U-boat

If you have ever toured the U-505 at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry or seen the movie Das Boot, you have gained an appreciation of the claustrophobic feeling of submarine service. These 1915 illustrations from Tony Langley's collection are two of the best I've seen from the Great War at capturing that. Felix Schwormstädt (work shown above) was a German painter who created dramatic illustrations during the First World War for the magazine Illustrierte Zeitung.  Below is  Johann Bahr's drawing from the satirical magazine  Lustige Blätter, which is amusing, but makes the same point.

1 comment:

  1. Certainly beat the Civil War Submarine in Charleston, the H. L. Hunley.