Goodbye Old Man - Soldier and dying horse during WWI
Goodbye Old Man is a striking image of a soldier bidding farewell to his fatally injured horse. Goodbye Old Man was commissioned by the Blue Cross in 1916 to raise money to help horses on active service.
The artist is Fortunino Matania and it is one of his most famous war-time illustrations. Fortunino Matania (1881 - 1963) was born in Naples.
During and after the war, his work adorned many a history book. During the 1st World War Matania mainly worked for the British magazine The Sphere as their star illustrator, usually producing one full page illustration or more per weekly issue.
He was also employed by the British government and commissioned by individual British regiments. He visited the front several times which allowed him to view wartime conditions at first hand and talk with soldiers about their experiences. From sketches and memory he could then finish a painting, often within a few days
© Mary Evans Picture Library
D-Day - Landing in France - Omaha Beach
American assault troops prepare to disembark their landing craft as it approaches the beach head, Omaha Beach. The smoke visible in the background attests to the massive naval artillery assault, supporting the landing. Snakes of troops wind their way up the beach. D-Day began on June 6th, 1944 at 6:30am and was conducted in two assault phases - the air assault landing of allied troops followed by an amphibious assault by infantry. The Normandy landings were the largest single-day amphibious actions ever undertaken, involving close to 400, 000 military and naval personnel"
© Robert Hunt Library/Mary Evans
Mao Zedong meeting Che Guevara
Chinese Communist leader, Mao Zedong (1893-1976), also known as Chairman Mao. Seen here meeting and greeting Ernesto "Che" Guevara (1928-1967), the Argentinian Marxist revolutionary, physician, writer, guerrilla leader, diplomat, military theorist, and major figure in the Cuban Revolution, who had taken a pro-Chinese stance on a split between China and Soviet Russia
© Mary Evans / Marx Memorial Library