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This photo of 18,000 soldiers was taken in 1918 at Camp Dodge, in Iowa.

Imagine that you are one of the soldiers standing in this crowd. Who are you? What is your name? How old are you? Where are you from? How do you feel about the prospect of going to Europe to fight in the war? Who is standing next to you? How long have you known him? What do the two of you talk about while the soldiers are being staged for the photo shoot?

Answer these questions as you create a scene that could have taken place at this time.

Facts about the image created by these soldiers:
  • Base to Shoulder: 150 feet

  • Right Arm: 340 feet

  • Widest part of arm holding torch: 12 1/2 feet

  • Right thumb: 35 feet

  • Thickest part of body: 29 feet

  • Left hand length: 30 feet

  • Face: 60 feet

  • Nose: 21 feet

  • Longest spike of head piece: 70 feet

  • Torch and flame combined: 980 feet

  • Number of men in flame of torch: 12,000

  • Number of men in torch: 2,800

  • Number of men in right arm: 1,200

  • Number of men in body, head and balance of figure only: 2,000


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