Reality in the trenches rarely fit the purpose of propaganda postcards. From this period, this unique card was hand-painted by a front-line soldier in 1917 and made from a blank official postcard. It is not addressed and it contains no written message, it never would have cleared the military censors. The picture is the artist's message, and what a powerful picture it is. There is no life in sight, anywhere. Against a desolate background of fire, smoke, and ruin, Death alone has survived the horrors of war, and he continues his work with Mars' new weapon of human destruction, the machine gun. In spite of its deathly drama, the scene has a terrible quiet: indeed it is "all quiet on the western front."