Friday, April 4, 2008

18,000 men

(click picture to see detail)

The e-mail I received says the picture was taken in 1918.

So allowing for the thin-ness of the column, and the (other reasonably useful calculations) depth of the photo, 1/3 would be what? The torch, the arm, and the head?

1/3 = 6,000.

6,000 men. That's right about the number of American casualties since the beginning of this war.

6,000 men. A headless Liberty, indeed.

3 comments:

kimmyk said...

that's deep thinking daysgoby.

Vanessa said...

That's one amazing picture!

Major Bedhead said...

It's actually 4,013, with over 30,000 wounded.