Artificial Limbs of WW1

The British Government has announced that all wounded veterans will get the most advanced artificial limbs. This involves increasing funding by £6.5 million. A report by The Daily Telegraph, including an interview with Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond, can be found here.

This film from the British Pathé archive shows artificial limbs of the past. In the footage, First World War amputees practice with their new prosthetics.

Click the still to view the film.
Click the still to view the film.

Two additional related clips of interest are:

An Efficient Substitute  (1916) – A veteran who has had an amputation has an artificial leg fitted.

Making Artificial Limbs (1914) – Various shots of artificial limbs being made in a primitive outdoor workshop.

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Author: British Pathé

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