War in the Air 1914 - 1916


Contemporary Combat Images from the Great War

By: Bob Carruthers
Format: Paperback
Series: The Illustrated War Reports
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781473837850
Published: 30th September 2019

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War in the Air 1914 - 1916

This powerful collection, depicting the first war in the air, showcases the work of the contemporary combat artists and illustrators from the Great War era. Included here are the works of serious artists, propagandists, illustrators and humourists. The result is a stunning graphic record, which produces a powerful record of life and death in the skies above the trenches during the Great War, as reported to contemporary audiences at a time when the events of the Great War were still unfolding. 

During the Great War artists and illustrators produced a highly accurate visual record of the fleeting moments the bulky cameras couldn't reproduce. These works form a body of war reportage that are as valid as the written word. Today, the work of the combat illustrators and the official war artists from the Great War era is overlooked by historians in favour of photographs, but these illustrations are nonetheless important as they provide a contemporary record of hand-to-hand fighting, trench raids, aerial dogfights, sea battles, desperate last stands, night actions and cavalry charges.



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