An elite soldier of the 107th Estonian Volunteer Guards Infiltration Brigade, 1923.
The 107th was formed in the wake of the Russian Revolution and the German conquest of Tallinn in 1919. They spent the next year and a half training in elite single-man infiltration tactics that increased the offensive capability of the unit sevenfold compared to traditional sturmtruppen. The 107th participated in the 3rd Battle of Koblenz and the 4th Battle of Verdun, where it would be surrounded at the Vaux Depression and annihilated by French mechs.
This was based off my alternate history I made about 2 months ago, the pilot post of which received over 10,000 likes for some odd reason, which is 4,500 more than the next closest. Since I’m a sucker for steampunk art and found nothing else to post tonight, I thought I would add a caption instead of just posting the picture. Fantastic art done by Charles Lin.
March 18, 1893
#OTD Wilfred Owen, English soldier and poet, he was one of the leading poets of the First World War. His war poetry on the horrors of trenches and gas warfare was heavily influenced by his mentor Siegfried Sassoon, and stood in stark contrast both to the public perception of war at the time and to the confidently patriotic verse written by earlier war poets such as Rupert Brooke. Among his best-known works – most of which were published posthumously – are "Dulce et Decorum est", "Insensibility", "Anthem for Doomed Youth", "Futility", "Spring Offensive" and "Strange Meeting". (Died: November 4, 1918, one week (almost to the hour) before the signing of the Armistice which ended the war), is born on this day in Oswestry, Shropshire, England.
The Great War by Joe Sacco
I love using this book to reiterate just how different The Great War was in terms of technology and combat. This book is 24 feet long, and ALL illustrations, no words! It focuses on the Battle of the Somme, the bloodiest battle of WWI, and through illustrations, gives you the details of what exactly took place. .
I have my students analyze each panel of the book, and make connections to things we have talked about surrounding WWI, and beyond. It’s a great way to change things up!
Joe Sacco also has a brief introduction video you can google, that gives insight into how he researched and created the book.