Wednesday, 28 October 2009

091028 The Meaning Of War



If you read either of my other Blogs you will know that I went to Keighley today. Whilst taking photographs of churches and pubs I spotted a rather interesting shot of one of the statues on the War Memorial. It is the various shades of grey that are so compelling : somehow they seem to represent the meaning of war.

8 comments:

John said...

Just had a look in Large. I see someone has broken off the blade of the bayonet. Also, the webbing strap which he uses to 'sling' the rifle when carrying it in this way; the strap between his hand and over his shoulder to the fixing point below the bayonet is there; the rest of the strap between his hand and the swivel near the underside of the but is missing. Looks like it has been vandalised at some time. The modeling of the man and the uniform is really good.

Alan Burnett said...

Thanks for that great set of observations John. You are quite right about the bayonet - I hadn't noticed that. Such a shame that such monuments are subject to vandalism.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

I noticed the bayonet is missing right off. I guess cause I carried one of them with a bayonet. Well it was an M1 Garand rifle. I don't know what this one is but it must be a Springfield.

Nice shot Alan.

Sunny said...

Too bad that some people are so disrespectful. It's an excellent picture.
Sunny :)

John said...

In case Abe comes back; the rifle is a Lee Enfield .303 which was the standard rifle for the British Army.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

A Lee Enfield 303 it is then and I guess a good rifle. Snipers used to use a bolt action rifle that I thought was British but might be mistaken. Thanks John and Alan.

L. D. Burgus said...

My dad was on the front line in Germany and I don't remember ever seeing him in photos with his gun. I don't know if they had bayonet. He was carrying a radio with many glass tubes so he was doing a balancing act with gun and radio.

kanishk said...

Thanks for that great set of observation. Work From Home