The enormity of the number of soldiers killed during WWI (1914-1918) has left an indelible mark in our country’s history. This year is the centenary of the start of WWI and many Australians are planning a pilgrimage to France and Belgium to visit the immaculately kept Commonwealth War Graves that dominate the landscape along the line of the old Western Front.
Viewing images of the rows of headstones in the many cemeteries located at every turn through Northern France and the south of Belgium is a reminder of the scale of the slaughter that happened during the Great War.
Just released in bookstores is a 282-page pictorial glossy publication which has been a labour of love for five years by Novocastrian author Juan Mahony.
He has brought to life in colour a massive collection of memorable photos through the pages of The Digger’s View – WWI in Colour.
Alongside the pictures of these brave young men at the front is their own words written in diaries or letters and cards to their loved ones back home. What makes this publication stand apart from any account of WWI is that the images have been sensitively coloured, bringing the faces to life in a way which is a world-first. Never has WWI been seen in such a way…
Story: Marilyn Collins.
“The Digger’s View. WWI in Colour” is now available online at www.thediggersview.com.au.