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

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Neuvilly, France: The Story Behind an Iconic WWI Photograph


  1. It is worth noting that there is a moving poem based on the photograph of the interior of the church at Neuvilly. It is by Daniel Mark Epstein and it entitled "Photographer Unknown, Neuvilly 1918". I won't reproduce it here due to length and possible copyright issues. A bit of web searching will lead to Epstein's 2015 book "Dawn to Twilight, New and Selected Poems"; see p. 130. The poetic word-picture that Epstein provides captures the scene in the picture in a very moving way. Whenever I visit the church, either alone or leading a group, I read this poem aloud while standing at about the point the photographer stood in 1918.

  2. My grandfather came be seen in both the still and the moving image. He was an American assigned to the 110th Sanitation Train, 4th Ambulance Crew.
    Thank you for sharing this moving image and information