German trophies from Vimy Ridge and Messines | National Library of Scotland

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Numerous and various pieces of German memorabilia, such as signs, helmets, weapons and ammunition, have all been artistically pinned to a wall above a fire and surround. It was common for advancing armies to gather the enemy’s belongings as trophies. The pride the soldiers must have had at collecting this paraphernalia is evident through their elaborate display. [Original reads: ‘SCENES ON THE WESTERN FRONT. WAR TROPHIES SECTION. German trophies from Vimy Ridge and Messines. In centre is Prussian Guards drum.’]

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About Kate Lindsay

Kate Lindsay, University of Oxford is the Director of World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings. She is also the Manager for Education Enhancement at Academic IT where she also led the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and public engagement initiative Great War Archive. She has eight years experience of in-depth work on World War I digital archives and educational curricula. Kate has a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, combined with an MSc in Information Systems from the University for Sheffield, and an MSc in Educational Research from the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in womens' experience of War and the representation of the First World War in popular culture.
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