Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Exhibition Remembers War Wounded

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Exhibition Remembers War Wounded

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Faces of Battle, an exhibition that opened November 2, 2007, at the National Army Museum in London, England, features the stories of individuals whose faces were severely damaged in battle during World War I and the pioneering surgeon who fought to save their lives and restore their shattered visages. World War I was the first fully mechanized war, and the advent of heavy artillery, shells, and machine guns resulted in more devastating injuries than had been seen in previous conflicts. The trenches dug to protect the bodies of soldiers from these powerful weapons did not protect their heads. Many of these individuals lost eyes, noses, jaws, and other aspects of their faces, leaving them disfigured and, in many cases, visually impaired. Although the photographs and moving images that constitute the Faces of Battle exhibition depict brutally disfigured men, many of whom are missing eyes and have gaping wounds, its organizers feel it is something the public needs to see, especially at a time when the care of soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan is in the headlines. …

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