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'Forgive me, comrade' by Dahlieka 'Forgive me, comrade' by Dahlieka
"[...] But now, for the first time, I see you are a man like me. I thought of your hand-grenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. Forgive me, comrade. We always see it too late. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony ? Forgive me, comrade ; how could you be my enemy?"

Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet On The Western Front, Ch. 9


All Quiet On the Western Front is by far my favourite book ; it describes WWI from a german point of view, with a very strong style.

The characters of this drawing are two WWII men, american and german, while the book's scene relates a WWI german soldier trying to save the life of a french ennemy. This changing was just a graphic choice. Anyway this scene could happen during any war...

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This is an absolutely lovely image--the warm red colours portray a sense of human warmth and emotion at the same time as being somewhat war-like, a moment of beautiful grief in a place of pain and terror.
The soldiers themselves don't seem to have individual personalities with the helmets covering their eyes, but this serves to highlight the similarities between them rather than undermining their individuality. The differences in their uniforms seem insignificant, and the grief and pain evident in both their postures, they seem as close as if they really were on the same side and speaking the same language. The full-body shot allows the viewer to see all that's going on between them, and remains close enough to focus all attention on the two soldiers; the only other feature that draws the eye is the discarded rifle, but the moment that's really important is what's happening between the two men and the rifle's presence is really just another reminder that the fighting isn't what's really important.
It's really effective in portraying the issue, and I didn't need to look at the artist's comments to know what was going on or what I should feel while looking at it. Top job.
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Lisyaka Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2019  New Deviant
Because of these cases, Americans cant believe in that in East Front German soldiers were horrible cruel to prisoners and civillians. However, Jewish or black soldiers of U.S. could feel some.
PrinceCharmingLoki Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2019  Hobbyist Photographer
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Student
I do also live that book.
XLUFERX Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really a beautiful piece of art, it show humanity and being a person. And also how horrifying truly is war, the superiors portray war  as the best thing and that you are helping your country and killing the enemy soldiers is the best. But that poeple also have families and dreams, is not fair for them and for you to take that away from them.
SnowLeopard84 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016
Changing it to an American was a good choice! The blue French uniform wouldn't have fit the tone of the scenery and the piece as well. Plus, the American and German uniforms are rather similar, which I think emphasizes the "we're not so different" and "you're not the enemy" message from that scene beautifully!

And one more thing... amazing piece overall! C:
AppleSara Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
Awesome ! The emotional side of the stage it feels ...
Sad book T_T
But good job !
conscript900 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Student General Artist
It does happen, you hear of theses stories every  now and then
qingyou Featured By Owner Edited Oct 19, 2014
love it!! but their hands are a little weird.
FiresprayMando Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Beautiful... I have no clue what to say...
OothipoO Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Artist
good and nice . i like this.
KnightfromHell Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This has such a strong feeling! I have read the book too, but I love-hate it. :XD:
SoldierX14 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
This is some thing that the germens were not the devils that the world saw them as
MSKM2001 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
SuicidalArtist000 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   General Artist
I can't put into words how beautiful this image is.

It tells the true story that each side has good people, People blatantly believe that every nazi was an "evil racist" or every japanese soldier was a "murderer" (not to mention the fact that the allied nations themselves committed atrocities in history), what a bunch of BS. SOME soldiers on every side, of each nation, were fighting for their families and country.

In this Artwork, you have proven yourself to be far more than just an artist, but a true understanding spirited-intellectual. I desperately wish all the best to you and i wish you a good life, for this is both an awe inspiring art work and proof of the kind of beatiful person you are.
opidniuste Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
Though the book itself from which the artwork is drawn isn't about WWII at all.
wolfgurl181 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
This picuter makes me feel a deep sense of respect for war and more respect than Ive ever felt for our soldiers left behind. This is a beautiful peice of work...
momo7902 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Aw, this is just really sad :( make me cry buckets of tears :(
But its still a really good picture, nice job :)
And at least they're in a better place where they don't have to suffer anymore :)
kill-cat Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
just amazing, very nice work
grey-dove Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
This just cuts to the very core of us. Humanity and war, and how you can find your humanity in the midst of such tragedy.
Stunning work.
Bullcross Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
LensLove78 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student Photographer
Very impressing.
Saxophoneplayer123 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student Writer
Oh geez. All Quiet on the Western Front is one of my favorite books too, and my soul was crushed in Chapter 9. It was so sad!
(spoilers ahoy~)
This is a totally awesome piece of work. It's heartbreaking to see, Paul in that tender moment there. And you even wrote the quote in the description, which was like, making me remember the entire book again. Kat and Muller's demise (I really liked Muller, and how he died was awful), and when Paul got stuck in No Man's Land and he's talking to the French Soldier, trying to make him understand, but in your heart you know he never will. Your work here is really a touching piece, and it makes me so sad. Poor Paul, the little soldier.
I'm rambling again, but this work is really really really good. I love it.
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BlackSpider-Man Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah I read that book too. Great war story. I liked "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien myself.
Slim-Charles Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing artwork, but I think the paratrooper would probably be cursing in pain or something :v.
Grizzly-bear1243 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Photographer
Did he die?! (I know, stupid question)
Olivia-the-Dark Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I just finished this book yesterday. I devoured it in two days. I was skeptical at first, because it was an assignment and I didn't know much about WWI besides Belleau Wood. The first chapter was hard and I was sure I was going to hate it. But I read the second chapter when I went to run at the gym, and I'm embarrassed to say that I cried in public for Kemmerich; a character that, until that chapter, I knew nothing about.
This scene was so powerful. The whole story is so strong and so vivid in so few words, and the lonliness Paul feels through the whole book just screams at you at the very end when Kat passes.
I really adore this piece. I just wanted to thank you. <3
ruacanobeef Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love this. It made me tear up a bit, actually... All of your WWII art is very moving and emotional.
Dahlieka Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much, glad you appreciate :)
cerberus112261 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I still don't know how you manage to do it, but every time I browse through your gallery, I'm moved to tears. Great work, you truly have a gift. Use it well.
mobius-118 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your WW2 art is outstanding the emotions your work brings is powerful stuff.
hope to see more ww2 art
Stcyr74 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Ce que j'aime dans cette peinture c'est le ressenti émotionnel que vous y faites passer; ou, plus simplement, j'apprécie l'absence d'un pathos inutile. Je vous en prie, poursuivez votre oeuvre!.... Et merci !
derpypyro Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
you can see the fear in the americans eyes.
Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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irrwitzer Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Student Photographer
Fantastic! :heart: I feel their pain...
Luifernal Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Ich hatt einen kameraden!
kingdawg Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this.
gummyrabbit Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student Writer
As soon as I saw this I thought of All Quiet on the Western Front without even reading the description. Well done. You captured the feeling very well. This isn't how I pictured that scene looking, but this is more beautiful.
A-u-r-o-r-a-s-k-y Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Very sad...but beautiful :'(
ThePrince1712 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a very touching, beautiful and sad scene, and the quote is very moving. Thank you for sharing!
AnnaAlizeeSou Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
What a Beautiful Painting!
Love this colours!
dadeedoo Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
I love this book too. I just started reading it, so when I read your excerpt I was happy someone was making art of it and kind of dismayed that a part of the book was spoiled for me... but I love this art anyway :)
nikoliabelinski Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This has to be the most moving and beautiful thing ive ever seen!
AlexRider-00Nothing Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
whenever i read a war book i try to see both sides. sometimes it's hard, but i think i finally got the hang of it.
touching; pictures soldier x (a book) so perfectly.
MamzelleHaddock Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's... beautiful and so emotional...
arthuro12 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome and inspiring, fav'd man!
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Your deviation was suggested by *psylab for The F Word #10!
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Take care! :)
D-Bag666 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very nicely detailed! I LOVE it!!! :D
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