With great artistry and touching simplicity – the Battle of the Somme.

Joe Sacco’s Great War cartoon graphic tableau of the first day of the Battle of the Somme on display in Paris

DSCF8518Running along one side of Montparnasse Metro (underground station). Brief explanations, in one or two sentences in French with English translations, of the role the soldiers played.

The picture below more or less is captioned  ‘The stretcher bearers often went overland above the trenches that were just too overcrowded’. One of the best commemorations I have ever seen and in such a key area no one could fail to be moved by it. I admit I tend to think of my Grandad when I see such things and am forever grateful he survived the war, despite shell shock and gas.

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Just a taste of metre upon metre of pictures and captions. My photos were taken on the moving walkway, grabbing my camera in one hand and balancing luggage as best I could. Plenty of reviews on line if you type in Joe Sacco’s Great War.

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1 Response to With great artistry and touching simplicity – the Battle of the Somme.

  1. Bill Chance says:

    Really nice. I love art in public places – so many people walk by such wonderful things every day and never even notice.

    Thanks for sharing.


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