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Germans Search Devastated City of Visé, 1914
A squad of members of the 149th German Infantry searching the ruins of the city
of Visé in Belgium, the first town to feel the force of the German 'mailed fist'

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Picture Alim Khan, Emir of Bukhara

Digichromatography picture made by the Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, 1917.
During the Great War, in April 1917, the emir pronounced the indepence of Bukhara. He fought against the Russian troops merely to gain freedom. In 1920, after a prolonged battle with Bolshevik forces, the emir was driven into Afghanistan.

Picture Spiked Helmet Platoon

German picture of a spiked helmet platoon.
The Germans wore these helmets only in the beginning of the Great War.
The original caption reads: Machinegun crew after the battle.

Picture Under A Zeppelin

German artillery exercise.

Picture Under A Zeppelin (2)

Another picture of a German artillery exercise.
Again the Zeppelin hovers above the scene.

Picture Landsturm

German Landsturm platoon.

Picture Fighter

German one decker Krieger: Fighter.

Picture Scots

Gefangene Schottländer is the original caption with this German war picture.
The Scottish Prisoners-Of-War are having their soup.
The picture is from a German series on POW's.

Picture POW's Taken Near Ypres

This German picture shows Prisoners-of-War, taken near Ypres in Belgium.
According to the original caption they are French, Belgian, Senegalese, Zouaves and Turcos.

Picture Smoke

Kriegsgefangene Turkos, North-Africans taken prisoner.
German picture.

Picture Barbershop

German picture: Prisoners-Of-War in the barbershop in their camp at Wahner Heide (Wahner Moor).

Picture Caged

The allies also published pictures of their POW's.
'Thirsty German prisoners in their barbed wire cage', is the text on the backside of this official British war photograph.

Picture Somme Village

German soldiers in a destroyed village near the Somme.
Apparently this picture was taken behind the first line, as these soldiers seem to be quite at ease. Some of them are even half undressed.

Picture Help from the French

French cavalry arriving to reinforce the Belgians around Namur, Belgium, summer 1914.
Belgian soldiers remove one of the many road obstructions which have been placed there to check sudden raids from Uhlans.
Picture made by a photographer of the New York based International News Service agency.

Picture Ready

Belgian Soldiers Behind the Entrenchments on the Road to Malines.
Another picture from the International News Service agency.

Picture Welcome Occupation

French troops entering this Belgian village are warmly welcomed.

Picture Running Attack

French troops advancing on the double quick.

Picture Off to the Front

A squadron of 'Guides', the crack cavalry of Belgium, en route to join the army of defense holding the Germans in check.
Picture made by an unknown photographer of the American Underwood & Underwood Press Agency.

Picture King

According to the caption this picture shows the British king visiting the front and talking to an hospital matron.
The place might be France but this sure is not the front...
Daily Mail Picture.

Picture Peace (?)

A German postcard from 1916, with the amazing caption Abendfrieden in Feindesland: Evening Peace in the Enemy's Country.
On the address side there is a astonishing poem printed. The poem, by Hans Spacek, is devoted to the Battle of Verdun. In translation the first lines are: When the evening clock bells / it becomes quiet in the country of the enemy.
We can easily assume that mr Spacek was not a soldier.

Picture Awaiting

British soldiers with a machinegun.

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Sources: Most of the pictures above come from our own collection. Others were found in books, and a few elsewhere on the Internet - RR.