This article originally appeared on VICE France
Erik Kessels' new book, Shit, is literally a collection of pictures of German soldiers taking a shit during WWII. In many of them, they're doing their business side-by-side, squatting on a wooden bar that's nicknamed the "Donnerbalken" (bar of thunder).
"About a year ago, I stumbled upon some of the photos on eBay," remembers the Dutch artist and designer. "I'm not sure why, but there's a pretty big second-hand market for these sorts of images from WWII."
The book starts with a short introduction on the historical origins of the photos. According to Kessels, despite wanting to add a bit of academic weight to the project, he wasn't able to find a historian who specialises in both faecal matter and Nazis.
Scroll down to see more photos from Shit (RVB books), which is out on the 26th of November.
This article originally appeared on VICE FR.