Bells at War

When nations go to war, bells go to work – announcing the movement of troops, signaling threats, tolling for the dead, and pealing in victory. Often, bells are the first to be sacrificed and smelted into raw materials to quench the insatiable thirst for rearmament. For as long as nations have argued and men have fought, bells have contributed to war efforts around the globe.

Image: A poster affixed in 1947 to a bell confiscated by the Nazis warns against post-World War II souvenir hunting, defacement, or damage to bells of historical or cultural importance.