The Woolworths Museum


'Night and Flame'

 

Night and Flame - a World War One postcard depicting the fall of Antwerp in 1914

 

"Night and Flame "

The caption on the back of this card reads:

Picture it all. Antwerp in grim blackness, unrelieved by a single candle light, the menacing murmur of
heavy firing gradally growing louder and louder till it thunders round the city. At midnight the actual
bombardment begins. Men and women and children flee in terror from their houses. All is black except for
the vivid blood red flames from houses that are already on fire. Every step taken may be the last.
And even when Antwerp is far away and comparative safety achieved, great blurs of red can be
seen curling heavenwards in the distance - the War Lord's message to his God.

 

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