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War Postcards22 of 91PVT HENRY J. BROWN, 2ND INF, 6TH USMC REGT, KIA WWI“Awe Craps”
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Posted 2 years ago


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This is the only postcard I've ever owned of German soldiers manning a machine gun in full battle gear with gas masks. Makes you wonder if the idea for the Star Wars Darth Vader didn't come from this iconic image of the Hun.


  1. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Its a great picture, reminds me of some of the masks and contraptions that they were willing to produce during the war, not sure if this is staged or not. If it is staged then you can get some ideas from some of the other weird photos during the war years :
  2. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Brings to mind Queens video Radio ga ga
    Here are some other great photos on line - just love yours :
  3. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    I believe it is the original water-cooled MG 08 infantry version.
  4. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Saw this line from a gas mask supplier:
    "Collectors, survivalists, artists, fetishists, photographers, and stoners* are just the tip of the iceberg. A lot of people buy gas masks just because they’re fans of cool shit! And gas masks are, undeniably, cool shit. Their design is entirely unique because they were designed for function over form, so nothing looks like a gas mask but a gas mask!"

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