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Making Soldiers: Bayonet Practice (from the series ‘The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals’)
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Making Soldiers: Bayonet Practice (from the series ‘The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals’) Published 1918
This print is from a portfolio commissioned by the Bureau of Information in 1917 called ‘The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals.’ It is from the ‘Making Soldiers’ series, which shows different aspects of soldiers’ duties. Bayonets (a blade fastened to the end of a firearm) were part of the official weaponry for British soldiers during the First World War. They are still used by the British Army in modern warfare, and were employed during the Falklands War and the Iraq conflict of 2004. During the First World War, soldiers would practise bayoneting sacks of straw – in the background of this print rows of hanging sacks can be seen. The man in the image is dressed as if for fencing, and he appears to be jousting with an unseen opponent.

Glossary Open


When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.


A group of art works, by one or more artists, issued or housed together in a portfolio case. This often applies to photographs or prints, and portfolios often include a title page or introductory text. The term is also used to describe a group of works which exemplify an artist's work overall.


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Commission, Portfolio, Print


  • Acc. No. GMA 394 A
  • Medium Lithograph on paper
  • Size 46.50 x 35.90 cm (paper 51.30 x 40.00 cm)
  • Credit Presented by the Ministry of Information 1919