While visiting Wellington last month, we went to the very impressive Great War Exhibition at the old Dominion Museum. The exhibition takes the visitor on a chronological journey as well as a physical one, beginning in a pretty town in pre-war days then glimpsing increasing ruin and loss of life as the war drags on.
There are large photographs as well as displays, and all are in colour. Sir Peter Jackson, who created the exhibit, wanted to avoid any distancing effect by ensuring that we see the world in colour, just as those who endured the battles did.
Before the war:
A London omnibus (with advertisements still partially visible) pressed into service as field transport:
Two very different forms of transport: horse and biplane
A closer view of that biplane:
Countryside, before and after:
A glimpse of the trenches:
Stretcher bearers at Passchendaele, a battle that saw New Zealand’s worst-ever losses in a single day, with 845 killed in a few hours:
Kiwi soldiers in a brighter moment:
More on the exhibition: http://www.greatwarexhibition.nz/