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Photo Library Collection Focus: Robert Hunt Library

British and German officers pictured in No Man’s Land on the Western Front during the unofficial Christmas truce of 1914 which saw both sides fraternising at various points along the line on the Western Front on Christmas day 1914. © Robert Hunt Library / Mary Evans Picture Library

With the 100th anniversary of the First World War armistice just round the corner next month, Mary Evans Picture Library are taking this opportunity to once again highlight this amazing collection of war photography.
The Robert Hunt Library was founded by Bobby Hunt, a noted artist, art teacher and cartoonist who became a leading picture researcher on modern military topics during the 1960s and beyond. Over the years, Hunt built up a sizeable library of images on all aspects of 20th century warfare, and today, the collection encompasses comprehensive material on World War I and World War II as well as other notable conflicts such as the Korean Warhttps and Vietnam War.

As exclusive representatives of this superlative archive, along with many other specialist war collections such as Mike St. Maur Sheil’s contemporary ‘Fields of Battle’ collection and an amazing selection of images from the National Army Museum, we are able to offer a unique and comprehensive view of the two world wars. Although the bulk of the material is photographic, posters, cartoons and military memorabilia ensure the Robert Hunt Library covers the history of conflict from all angles.

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