When soldiers had free time when on service or at the front they often made different objects, practical stuff which they decorated,or small toys they wanted to send home for the little ones. War prisoners also often made objects, then mostly for trying to trade it for food, and in most camps it was forbidden to make anything so they often risked their lifes on it. Many objects was also produced after the Liberation when ex-POWs sat in waiting-camps before being sent home. Objects like this is often referred to as Trench Art,and I`ll be posting some here. These first photos I took when I was working at a museum, so they are not in my collection.
Spoon and fork made by a german prisoner who fought in Kurland.
Belt made of foil from cigarette packs. From a Polish POW.
Ashtray of grenade casing. Commemorative for the Battle of Narvik.
Letter opener of bone,made by German POW.
Russian POW Artwork. Wooden box with straw inlays.