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Old September 8th, 2012, 04:52 AM   #1
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Exclamation A VERY interesting picture from the Boxer Rebellion


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Left to right: British, American, Russian, Indian, German, French, Austro-Hungarian, Italian, Japanese.

The Indian looks pretty big because of his turban, and so does the British look taller than the American for the same reason. And damn the Japanese guy is short.
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Old September 8th, 2012, 04:59 AM   #2

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So the interesting part of this photo is the size in height of different nations or the fact that soldiers from different nations are gathered together?
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Old September 8th, 2012, 05:08 AM   #3

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The Italian has the best hat
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Old September 8th, 2012, 05:09 AM   #4

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I'm looking at that American guy. Are those gloves?
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I'm looking at that American guy. Are those gloves?
They must be. Maybe he uses them to remove hot pans from the oven.
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They must be. Maybe he uses them to remove hot pans from the oven.
Yeah. Let's just go with that
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Old September 8th, 2012, 05:50 AM   #7

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I think that these men have been fallen in in order of height to achieve a neat military appearance for what is probably a news photo. It does not necessarily reflect the average height of the various nationalities.
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I think that these men have been fallen in in order of height to achieve a neat military appearance for what is probably a news photo. It does not necessarily reflect the average height of the various nationalities.
I do think that, statistics about the mean height of the soldiers exist.

All countries have them.

In the library of the historical demography there is a work by Emilia Arcaleni just dealing with this matter [European countries].

From that source I get that the mean height of the soldiers around 1900 was: [and this would be the order in the picture]

UK 172.6 cm
Germany 169.6 cm
Italy 162.6 cm

So the German soldier shouldn't be so far from the British one ...
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Interesting to see that the Russians valued extra ammunition over a smart dress code, even back then
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Interesting to see that the Russians valued extra ammunition over a smart dress code, even back then
In history when they have to go on war, Russians think first to weapons and ammunition ... other soldiers run to a boutique
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