Casualties and deaths just within the British Empire. Exact figures are still in dispute, because of different definitions used each category, the questionable accuracy of the recording system used and the loss or destruction of a number of official documents.
The data below reflect numbers from several sources and are consistent with most experts .British Empire.Total mobilized forces Killed Wounded Missing Total 8,904,467 908,371 2,090,212 191,652 3,190,235 The painting puts together different stories with different perspectives, so the observer can return time and time again to the painting, each time finding something new, and taking away there own interpretation of what they see.
This painting commemorates 100 years since The Great War WW1, respectfully portraying the acts of extreme bravery, bloody obscenity and consequences of War. The effect it had on modern times. A generation of innocent young men, their heads full of high abstractions like Honour, Glory and England, went off to war to make the world safe for democracy. They fought with the hearts of lions and won with honour & glory ,But they were slaughtered on both sides in their tens of thousands. those who survived were shocked, by their war experience many saw . They rejected the values of the society that had sent them to war, and in doing so separated their own generation from the past and from their cultural inheritance. Some say this was the beginning of the end of the British empire and the start of a brave but dangerous new world ,the world would never be the same again.
As a Christian country. the painting is not only to be historically accurate, but symbolic in its approach. The painting shows the constant battle between good and evil portrayed by God and the arch Angels Gabriel gathering a host of angels weeping as they collect the dead from the battle field under the watchful eye of death ,The exhilaration of Lucifer ecstatic at the misery and chaos he has caused in his quest to rule the hearts and minds of men. The mud and blood of the battle field, The comradeship of the daily trench life, but also the extreme acts of kindness shown by both sides towards their enemies. Acts of bravery in the face of overwhelming adversary. A focal point at which to remember and mourn comrades, fathers brother and kin rippling through the ages.
I have tried in the sky to portray God sadness. Michael and his angels having fought against the dragon Satan who having been one of the archangels. contrived "to make his throne higher than the clouds over the earth and resemble 'My power' on high" And the dragon and his angels fought, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Satan still hoped to get the victory by subtlety & subversion he continues to corrupt and create horror and mayhem on earth."The archangel Michael".lead God's armies against Satan's forces and having defeats Satan in heaven now rains as heaven and earth’s protector and the leader of the army of God against the forces of evil.
Being expressed by a weeping God, his angels gathering the dead from the battlefield. Archangel Michael standing defiant and contemptuous of Lucifer chaos below.
There is a Zeppelin in the sky, Zeppelin raids were carried out on coastal towns and London during 1915 and 1916. The silent airships arrived without warning and with no purpose built shelters people hid in cellars or under tables. There were a total of 52 Zeppelin raids on Britain claiming the lives of more than 500 people.
In addition there is also an aircraft dog fight over NO MANS LAND this area of land between two enemy trench systems to which neither side wished to move openly or to seize due to fear of being attacked by the enemy in the process. this area has been populated with many images, Gas attacks, the roll of the horse, medics joined in one common purpose to save life what ever the uniform.
And mechanical armour in the form of the MK1 Tank. The bravery of Calvary and rallying of the pipes as they lead men over the top into no man land in Human wave attacks that caused so many casualties.I have also included the shame and dishonour of military field executions(Shot At Dawn) that killed so many who's only crime was to have there minds destroyed by what they had to do.A Sentry at the Vikers Machine with a a gun team scanning their arc of fire ,gas rattle and gas mask a the ready.At one corner of the memorial stands a Royal Navy Seaman and at the other a lone Soldier at the repose between Innocent causalities of war, heart broken children faces clutching their Fathers last letter from the front.
Angels plucked a fallen soldier fronm the field.
.At the base of the painting is my vision of hell it shows Lucifer his stare challenging Michael, ecstatic and boastful of the apocalypse he has engineered and in the background you will see the lost soles instrumental in his plan falling or dragged down by his minions you will see a German trench a young Adolf Hitler of the German army.and idealist Austrian painter he in the half light,stares across no man's land, Demons in the darkness whispering in his ear the seeds of an ideology, showing him the image of this horror the Swastika symbol that he would later come to use to inflame the world carnage once again plunging the world back into a war against the evil of the Nazi and so it go's on
.And finally Remembering the fallen of "Enemys",the grave of a UNKNOWN SOLDIER As the battlefield spreads down the painting I could not have in all conscience,not have acknowledge the terrible losses to the "The Enemy" suffered .The German Empire In 1934 the official German war history listed 2,037,000 military dead. Confirmed dead from all causes 1,936,897 (Army 1,900,876, Navy 34,836, Colonial troops 1,185); wounded 4,215,662; prisoners and missing 974,977 of which an estimated 100,000 were presumed dead. United States War Dept. figures for German casualties are: Total mobilized force 11,000,000; Total casualties 7,142,558 (including Killed and died 1,773,700; wounded 4,216,058; Prisoners and missing 1,152,800) The UK War Office listed official German figures from 1921 of 1,808,545 killed and 4,247,143 wounded, exclusive of 14,000 African conscript. I have placed a lone wooden cross dedicated the a German unknown soldier decorated with a WW1 Iron Cross. surrounded by barbed wire and wild poppies. And what effect that had on many German people. 1914-1918 ROLL OF HONOUR TO THOSE WHO's SURNAME NAME I BEAR ARCHIE JOSEPH BURY PALLISER 1915 SPTS/426 PRIVATE Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) Great Britain ARNOLD PALLISER 1916 15/696 PRIVATE Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) Great Britain HARRY PALLISER 1918 306869 PRIVATE Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) Great Britain JOHN ALFRED PALLISER 1918 60773 SERGT. Northumberland Fusiliers Great Britain JOHN CHRISTOPHER PALLISER 1916 3393 PRIVATE Durham Light Infantry Great Britain JOHN SYLVESTER PALLISER 1918 — MAJOR Alexandra Great Britain JOHN SYLVESTER PALLISER 1918 — MAJOR Machine Gun Corps Great Britain THOMAS PALLISER 1916 103404 SPR. Corps of Royal Engineers Great Britain WILLIAM PALLISER 1917 40747 PRIVATE South Wales Borderers Great Britain WILLIAM OWEN PALLISER 1918 30356 CPL. Alexandra Great Britain How can I help You can help by showing your support for this project and those brave men who fought in the Great War by regularly sharing this page on your social media.