The Lost Diggers
Rating: 4 / 5
French husband and wife photographers Louise and Antoinette Thuillier took hundreds of photos of diggers who visited their little village of Vignacourt. Many wanted a memento to send home, so the Thuilliers set up an elegant backdrop cloth and clicked away.
Lost for 90-odd years, the glass plates of photos had been safely stored in trunks in the attic, and are reproduced in this expanded edition of The Lost Diggers, along with excellent historical background and the soldiers’ stories. Looking at the photos, they are typically Australian, with their open faces, laid-back attitudes and a twinkle in their eyes.
Until they become victims of war. The haunting photos are the ones of diggers with wide staring eyes, suffering from shell shock. The Lost Diggers is a fascinating journey through both the horror and the mateship of the war that cost Australia a generation of young men. Lest we forget.