Hampton Roads Writers
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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