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Distractions at the front; the human serpent, France, World War I, 1915

Distractions at the front; the human serpent, France, World War I, 1915


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Distractions at the front; the human serpent, France, World War I, 1915

Distractions at the front; the human serpent, France, World War I, 1915. A print from the Le Flambeau (the Torch), 18 September 1915

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Amusement Bizarre Enjoyment Flexibility Flexible Hanging Off Duty Pole Western Front 1st World War Contortionist Print Collector3


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Distractions at the Front - A Glimpse into the Unconventional Amidst World War I

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. This photo print, titled "Distractions at the front; the human serpent, France, World War I, 1915" offers a remarkable insight into an unexpected scene amidst the chaos of war. Captured in black and white by Le Flambeau (the Torch) on September 18th, 1915, this image transports us to the Western Front during one of history's most devastating conflicts. Intriguingly bizarre and brimming with amusement, we witness a group of off-duty soldiers engaging in an extraordinary display of flexibility. A contortionist-like figure effortlessly hangs from a pole while forming what appears to be a human serpent. This astonishing demonstration showcases not only their physical prowess but also their ability to find moments of leisure amid such dire circumstances. The photograph serves as a reminder that even in times of great adversity, humanity seeks enjoyment and respite from its burdens. These men momentarily escape the horrors surrounding them through this unusual form of entertainment. Their camaraderie is evident as they come together to create something truly unique. As we delve deeper into this snapshot from history, it becomes clear that these individuals are more than just soldiers; they are resilient souls who refuse to let war consume every aspect of their lives. This print captures both their strength and vulnerability—a testament to the indomitable spirit that can emerge even amidst unimaginable turmoil. Through this

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