Soca Front, Austro-Hungarian Empire, 1914-1918
Concrete and Barbed Wire
Kobariški muzej, Kobarid, Slovenia
It is estimated that 10 million soldiers died in World War I, with the remains of many never identified. This led to the concept of the ‘unknown soldier’ across Europe, allowing people to remember those killed in action at gravesides and public memorials. After the war, the seemingly senseless slaughter discredited the governing classes. European landscapes, scarred by war, were altered forever; today, battlefields, archaeological remains and graves stand witness to this memory.