From War, Beauty


100_7614100_7612As our forefathers waged battle against enemies in various wars past, it turns out that they also spent much idle time in the horrific conditions of the battlefield trenches.   Many soldiers passed this time by creating unbelievable works of art from the objects at hand, including shell casings.

Here is a superb example of what has been termed “Trench Art”.  A WWI artillery shell re-worked into a stunning vase with an intricate oak leaf and floral design with fluted edges.  The pictures don’t do it justice.  This is a 75 mm shell — 0ver 13 inches tall, 3 inches wide and heavy.

Soldiers, we salute you!

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  1. Readers may also be interested in the writings home from the front of US Sgt. Sam Avery during the Great War (World War I). Fascinating eyewitness history from the hot sands along the Rio Grande to the cold mud along the Meuse.

    This blog is an adventure long in the making for me in honor of my own family hero. Letters are posted on the same day they were written from the trenches 91 years ago. Today I found myself staring at my watch counting down the minutes to 1100 hrs.

    Long before the Greatest Generation there was the Most Gallant Generation. Stop by and come march along…

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