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Our Prisoners

Raemaekers, Louis, 1919, Chromolithograph
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Our Prisoners
Our Prisoners
Our Prisoners
Our Prisoners
Library Item
33479
Our Prisoners
"Yank: 'Now then, you blighters, keep quiet or I'll send you back to your own lines.'"

"There are as yet no certain numbers of prisoners, but I reckon them as about a thousand up to mid-day, judging from those I saw under escort. Most of them were certain that an armistice would be arranged within a few days, and were rejoiced at the prospect of peace. When some of them were told, 'That means Germany is utterly defeated and lost,' they said, 'That does not matter so long as we get peace, for otherwise we shall be in a worse state.' There was a group of sixteen officers in one batch, and I noticed how smartly they saluted, and it seemed to me with them, as with those at Cambrai, it was the salute of men to their victors, for never in the old days were they as punctilious as this. - Philip Gibbs, 14th October 1918."
1919
31.3 x 26.1 cm
Art and Design Library
Louis Raemaekaers' drawings are reproduced by kind permission of the Louis Raemaekers Foundation.