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towisuk

just in case this site hasn't been mentioned on the forum before, some great Aerial shots from the Salt Spring Island Archive..........

http://saltspringarchives.com/bion2008/aerial/index.htm

regards

Tom

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Wendy Macpherson

Wow... they are fantastic images

Had a thorough look through them, they certainly obliterated the place.

Thanks for sharing

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towisuk

Yes I thought some of the Aerials were outstanding Wendy.The ones taken at an oblique angle of the battlefield showing crater upon crater as far as the eye can see..well, it takes the breath away....

regards

Tom

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Martin Bennitt

sorry but unsee the connection with Salt Spring Island, which seems to be somewhere in Canada. Can someone please enlighten?

cheers Martin B

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towisuk

Yes Martin..these photo's obviously appear to be held in their archive, maybe the aerials are from areas the Canadians were active in....

regards

Tom

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Martin Bennitt

thanks Tom

cheers Martin B

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Andy Wade

Thank you! I'd seen these before some time ago but had lost the link. Truly amazing pictures.

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Broznitsky
these photo's obviously appear to be held in their archive, maybe the aerials are from areas the Canadians were active in....

These photos are from a French soldier's collection, wonder how he got them. They look like Passchendaele at first glance.

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egbert

It would be a sportive engagement here for pals to indentify single aerials in order to create then and now's....

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kevmc

These photos are from a French soldier's collection, wonder how he got them. They look like Passchendaele at first glance.

A number of them are from the Somme;

Le Transloy, Le Gouvernement, Combles, Morval, Sailly Sallisel, Le Priez Farm and Rancourt to name but a few. All to the east of Albert.

These are identified purely from entries on the photo's themselves. It is beyond my knowledge to identify from the co-ordinates.

I saved a few but gave the files the names of the places, thus losing the original file number. If someone else doesn't do it before me I will have another look and at least identify some of them with their file number.

Kevin

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towisuk

It would be a sportive engagement here for pals to indentify single aerials in order to create then and now's....

Check a "Western front" topic...

Tom

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towisuk

A number of them are from the Somme;

Le Transloy, Le Gouvernement, Combles, Morval, Sailly Sallisel, Le Priez Farm and Rancourt to name but a few. All to the east of Albert.

These are identified purely from entries on the photo's themselves. It is beyond my knowledge to identify from the co-ordinates.

I saved a few but gave the files the names of the places, thus losing the original file number. If someone else doesn't do it before me I will have another look and at least identify some of them with their file number.

Kevin

Go for it Kevin!!......although the site these come from, state that they are WW1 aerials from France, not so as we can see..I've posted a Passchendaele "then and now" on the "Western Front" topic.

regards

Tom

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kevmc

A number of them are from the Somme;

Le Transloy, Le Gouvernement, Combles, Morval, Sailly Sallisel, Le Priez Farm and Rancourt to name but a few. All to the east of Albert.

These are identified purely from entries on the photo's themselves. It is beyond my knowledge to identify from the co-ordinates.

I saved a few but gave the files the names of the places, thus losing the original file number. If someone else doesn't do it before me I will have another look and at least identify some of them with their file number.

Kevin

Although some names on the photos are of towns a lot of them refer to trench names.

Here goes:

2008014001 9AE.602

002 9AE.600

003 9AE.603

004 NIEUVE STEDE

005 9AE.597

006 57.V.648

007 57.V.647

009 57.V.645 THERE IS NO NUMBER 008

010 57.V.629

011 57.V.628

012 BOYAU DE LA CHAPPELLE

013 COMBLES SOMME

014 NO INFO

015 PORTES DE FER

016 SOUTH OF RANCOURT SOMME

017 BOIS LOVAGE

018 FME LE PRIEZ SOMME

019 CARLSBAD

020 BUKOVINE

021 SAILLY SAILLISEL SOMME

022 LE TRANSLOY SOMME

023 COMBLES SOMME

024 LOSTOW

025 FREGICOURT SOMME

026 BOYAU DE LA CHAPPELLE

027 COMBLES SOMME

028 COMBLES ? (SPELT COMBES) SOMME

029 FERME LE PRIEZ SOMME

030 COMBLES - FREGICOURT SOMME

031 JOSTOW

032 RANCOURT SOMME

033 DE GINCHY SOMME

034 MORVAL SOMME

035 18.N.63

036 18.N.62

037 MORVAL SOMME

038 18.N.60

039 18.N.61

040 MORVAL SOMME

041 NEGOTIN

042 PILSEN NR. MORVAL SOMME

043 MORVAL SOMME

044 MORVAL SOMME

045 CARLSBAD

046 MORVAL SOMME

047 NO INFO

048 NO INFO

049 NO INFO

050 B.1590

051 B.1583

These are for page 1 of 4. I will do a separate posting for each page.

Kevin

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egbert

Its a great challenge to identify the aerials and I wish I could participate, but am right now in Southern France with no access to my files....Tom go for it!

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kevmc

Here is page 2 of 4

First Number:

2008014052 B.1588

053 B.1594

054 B.582 BIXSCHOOTE

055 MEUNIKEN FERME YPRES

056 B.585 BIXSCHOOTE

057 9AE.601

058 NO INFO

059 B.1363 LANGEWARDE

060 B.827 CARREFOUR DE LONDRES YPRES

061 NO INFO

062 B.827 CARREFOUR DE LONDRES YPRES

063 NO INFO

064 NO PHOTO FOR THIS NUMBER

065 B.813 CARREFOUR DE LONDRES YPRES

066 B.12589

067 B.1596

068 B.1596

069 B.1588

070 B,583 DES LANCHERS

071 B.826 CARREFOUR DE LONDRES YPRES

072 NO INFO

073 LE TRANSLOY SOMME

074 18.N.64

075 22.N.1508 LE TRANSLOY SOMME

076 MORVAL SOMME

077 SAILLY SALLISEL SOMME

078 LE TRANSLOY SOMME

079 SAILLY SALLISEL SOMME

080 CANNOT READ INFO

081 B.1964 DE LA LOUTRE

082 NEAR WESTROESBEKE

083 B.589 MERCKEM

084 B.576 MERCKEM

085 NO INFO

086 NO INFO

087 NO INFO

088 9AE.78

089 9AE.74

090 9AE.74

091 57.V.632

092 ROAD TO WESTRESBEKE

093 NO INFO

094 NO INFO

095 NO INFO

096 NO INFO

097 NO INFO

098 NO INFO

099 NO INFO

100 NO INFO

101 B.381 VAUX

102 NO INFO

Kevin

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kevmc

Page 3 of 4

first number;

2008014103 LE GOUVERNEMENT SOMME

104 STE MARTIN

105 STE MARTIN

106 LESBOEUFS SOMME

107 MORVAL SOMME

108 MORVAL SOMME

109 N.1507 BUKOVINE

110 MENILEN

111 25 SEPT 1916 NOTHING ELSE

112 DE GINCHY SOMME

113 MORVAL SOMME

114 NO INFO

115 NO INFO

116 NO INFO

117 NO INFO

118 B.584 KORTEKER

119 B.577 DRIE?

120 B.580 DRAAIBANK YPRES

121 UNABLE TO READ INFO

122 NO INFO

123 NO INFO

124 NO INFO

125 B.579 LANGEWAADE

126 do. nearby

127 SAME SERIES AS 125 AND 126

128 B.359

129 B.356 CHEROT?

130 B.358 CHEROT?

131 B.363 BIXSCHOOLE

132 do

133 B.357 FME DES 2 MAISONS

134 9AE.589

135 9AE.599

136 9AE.595

137 9AE.593

138 9AE.596

139 9AE.598

140 GAMBETTA YPRES

141 MOEKOKE

142 S.BOUCONVILLE

143 B.828 HOUTHULUST YPRES

144 B.491 BOUCONVILLE

145 B.486 BOUCONVILLE

146 B.486 BOUCONVILLE

147 B.828 DRAAIBANK YPRES

148 B.2394 HOUART YPRES

149 B.2363 SACHSENBRUECKE YPRES

150 B.2159

151 B.2185 FERME ARABE YPRES

152 B.1581

Kevin last one to come

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kevmc

Here is the final page.

As I worked through the photos I realised that there is a fair amount of duplication.

First Number

2008014153 B.1646

154 B.1580

155 B.1428 CARREFOUR DE LONDRES YPRES

156 B.2238 JESUITENGOED YPRES

157 B.1579

158 CANNOT READ THE INFO

159 B.1427 GOURBI YPRES

160 NO INFO

161 NO INFO

162 NO INFO

163 NO INFO

164 NO INFO

165 NO INFO

166 NO INFO

167 NO INFO

168 NO INFO

169 B.812 GAMBETTA YPRES

170 B.1007 STROOIENDORP YPRES

171 B.1002 VERBRANDESMIS YPRES

172 B.1004 LASSALE YPRES

Thats the lot

Kevin

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Cnock

Hi,

a lot of them are in the French sector of the 3rd Battle of Ypres :

Lasalle

Strooiendorp

Verbrandesmis

Carrefour de Londres

Gourbi

Sachsenbruecke

Houart

Gambetta

etc.

regards,

Cnock

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Cnock

...Meuniken Ferme ( Houthulst Forest)

Langewade

Draaibank

Ferme Arabe

Jesuitengoed

etc

I scanned (visited)this sector last year for a new book

a map of the sector is to large to show

regards,

Cnock

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peterhogg

Hi Martin,

Salt Spring Island is in British Columbia, west of Vancouver--known as one of the Gulf Islands in the Pacific. I wonder how they got there?

sorry but unsee the connection with Salt Spring Island, which seems to be somewhere in Canada. Can someone please enlighten?

cheers Martin B

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tim_oz

They apparently belonged to a gentleman named Paul Bion who settled on the island in 1910 and returned to France to fight in 1914. There is a newspaper clipping about finding the photos here http://saltspringarchives.com/chantelu/photos/images/bion2.jpg there are also other photos of his war service here http://saltspringarchives.com/chantelu/index.htm

Tim B

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towisuk

Tim...Thanks for clarifying the source of the aerial photo's, and the link you posted is a great bonus.....

Kevin..good work......the ones with names of towns and villages can be identified using trench maps and Google earth, but that still leaves an awful lot as "unknown"....

Still...its good fun trying to match up these photo's with modern aerials from Google..

Cnock.... I found the oblique photos of the battlefield really brought home the condition at Paschendaele...crater upon crater upon crater, all filled with water, how did anyone manage to survive in those conditions??

regards

Tom

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Guest

Thanks for posting them Tom. Haven't had time to look at them all, but they show just what a morass, these men were fighting in.

Mike

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tootrock

Does anyone have details of how to interpret what I presume are French map references on some of the photos?

Martin

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