Some sort of primitive listening device for detecting enemy movements across no man's land?Best Regards,Stokes
I suspect that these are either victims of a gas attack, or shell-shocked during an explosion - blinded, stunned ...
Acoustic aircraft detection system. Later versions were much much larger cones and which looked like tubas on pram wheels and a concrete "mirrors" were built in the 30's to reflect sound! Have a google and you'll see what I mean 🤪
Stuart is correct. I've seen many photos of other versions of these. They're to detect incoming aircraft using sound.
Nicely done Stuart! Thumbs up.
What Stuart said.
I agree with Stuart. Just cup your hands around your ears to see how much more clearly you can hear.
Stuart is right. A quick search by image says this is a German Aircraft detection station in 1917. Amazing photo. A German super villain circa 1900 with these on would be welcome in my 54mm collection.
Thanks for the photo search origin. Very interesting. I was thinking that the uniforms looked German.
Early prototype merchandise for the Mickey Mouse Club ?
twas what I was thinking. LOL.
There were even sillier ones! https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/aircraft-detection-radar-1917-1940/
I was about to comment that they were listening devices to detect aircraft, but I see that a few people have beat me to it. :-)
None of the above. It's early Mickey Mouse ears