WWI Drawings, Sketches and Artworks
The Western Front by Muirhead Bone
The following two drawings are from The Western Front, a two-volume set of drawings with captions by Muirhead Bone, published in 1917. Bone's drawings included sketches from the battlefield, behind the front, with the Royal Navy and in the plants producing the weapons of war. I may add more of Bone's work later. From the author's collection.
Aerial Combat or Models and Fakes?
The following and other images have appeared in various publications, often captioned as actual air-to-air photographs of aerial combat in 1917. The images were originally published in the 1930s in an anonymous biography of a Royal Flying Corps officer and were claimed to be authentic. Many, including myself, who have studied the photos feel they are staged fakes, using model aircraft and real photographs as backgrounds. If the artist was an actual combat pilot, these images may well be as close as we will ever come to the real scenes. The original captions are included below each image.
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