Author: Anja Reinthaler

Key Figures of World War I

Posted by Published on May 25, 2017

Many different nations were involved in the Great War. It is therefore not surprising that royals and political personalities played significant roles during the conflict. How it all began: Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria Franz Ferdinand was the nephew of Emperor Franz Joseph and heir to the throne of the Austria-Hungarian Empire. The assassination of the Archduke and his wife, Sophie Gräfin Chotek, in Sarajevo…

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WWI Animal Heroes

Posted by Published on May 24, 2017

We explore the contribution of dogs, horses, kangaroos and more during the Great War effort with images and footage in the Bridgeman archive. Messengers and forms of transport ‘War horses‘ were heavily utilised in World War I transporting supplies and soldiers. Machine guns, however, took them down quickly and hundreds upon thousands of horses were lost over the course of the Great War. Dogs, thanks…

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The 75th anniversary of D-Day

Posted by Published on May 23, 2017

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landing on 6th June 2019, we bring you images showing the preparations for D-Day, troops landing on the French coast and combat scenes, all available for licensing from the Bridgeman archive.  A turning point of World War II After months of preparation, Allied troops landed on Normandy’s beaches in a secret operation that would prove to be…

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The importance of clothing and fashion were changed significantly by the Great War. The flowing lines and tight skirts of the Edwardian era slowly vanished making way for clothes that were more practical to wear. Women’s fashion from 1914 onwards The outbreak of war changed the roles of women in society leading to the need for a different kind of fashion. As their men left to…

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Arriving in Havana is like entering a portal to a different time. The soaring summer heat and humid air make it hard to breathe at first. There’s noise everywhere and the colours of the city are so intense they almost hurt your eyes. Havana is a place like no other: a city caught between colonial architecture and decay, Spanish rhythms and the ever-present communism. The…

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Women’s Roles during World War I

Posted by Published on February 24, 2017

To commemorate the part women played in the ‘Great War’, we bring you images and footage from the Bridgeman archive. Women at their workplaces Before the outbreak of WWI, the role of women mainly involved looking after their households and fulfilling domestic chores. With their husbands leaving for the front, many new job opportunities arose. Women started to work as military caregivers, nurses or took…

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Each year the Oktoberfest (colloquially known as “Wiesn”) officially starts with the mayor of Munich’s words “O’zapft is”, meaning that the first barrel of beer has been officially tapped. Here is everything you need to know about the famous Bavarian beer festival.     The Oktoberfest is based on traditions – from food and clothing to the opening parade. Even though there is no official dress code,…

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Fairy Tales Uncensored: Grim Grimm Stories

Posted by Published on January 16, 2015

No matter where you go, stories of the Brothers Grimm seem to be everywhere, be it the latest Disney film hitting the cinemas, TV series based on their fairy tales or newly reissued print editions. But do you actually know the original stories? The ones where Cinderella’s stepsisters slice off their own toes and Snow White’s mother wanted to eat her daughter’s lungs and liver?…

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Festive tradition or Bah Humbug? The Krampus is a mythological creature that appears in Alpine folklore and traditions. You may be asking yourself right now: “Who, or what, the hell is Krampus?” Well, “hell” is a pretty good starting place to explain…   A Christmas devil?  The Krampus looks like what one would imagine a devil or demon straight out of hell to look like: a…

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Prisoners of World War I

Posted by Published on November 21, 2014

An estimated eight million men were taken prisoners of war (POWs) during World War I. These prisoners, often scarred by their time in the camps, rarely talked about their experiences later in life. Explore historic images and footage from the Bridgeman archive to get an impression of what reality was like for prisoners in World War I.     Conditions in the prison camps varied from country…

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