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heatherannej

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Hi All .... i wonder if any of you can help please?

I have had a postcard for ages, purchased on the internet from Germany. There is nothing on the back to suggest where it was published etc but on the front it bears a crudely hand-written title "A BATTERY "GASSED" - LE BOEF - SOMME FRONT". I purchased it because of a 1916 family connection with Lesboeufs, nr Ginchy, Somme.

I have attached a section of this photo ..... the wording is in English (yes) but something makes me query whether I am looking at German soldiers here .... can anyone enlighten me at all. Tell me if the scan is not good enough and I'll try getting a digital image with my camera.

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Many thanks, bye for now Heather

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They look to me like they are German - but others with better knowledge, and who methinks are probably dressing for dinner right now ( :closedeyes:)), will doubtless add much more. BUT, yes please, a full photograph!

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Looks like a British 18 Pdr Battery that has been abandoned - the dead horses in the picture seem to indicate that it was manned to the last. The soldiers appear to be German.

Probably 1918 the Spring offensive.

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A more detailed scan would be welcome but the guns do look like 18 pounder Mk IVs which would suggest 1918. Gas was often used at this stage as a means of driving gunners away from their weapons

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Hi all .... Thank you. I shall try for close-ups on gun/s and men tomorrow and will put the full scan on too, albeit that it will be a small image. It's not a pleasant image which is why I erred on the side of caution with the first cut image :-( While I'm at it I'll take a pic of a group of Germans I have .... they pose with a board describing them/their regiment. I'll start a new thread with that though. Bye for now Heather

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While I'm at it I'll take a pic of a group of Germans I have .... they pose with a board describing them/their regiment. I'll start a new thread with that though. Bye for now Heather

Looking forward to that one! :)

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  • 4 weeks later...

Hi there. I hadn't forgotten about this thread ... only just received my computer back, after an upgrade whilst I was away.

This is the first of three images .... does this help at all. Best Regards Heather

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The second image .....

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a third image ..... many thanks in anticipation .... Heather

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a third image ..... many thanks in anticipation .... Heather

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Certainly look German to me - the soldier in the last one especially so, but also the officer in the first

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Thank you very much ... apologies for having to wait so long for the images .... Heather

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Thanks so much for the help ... it is much appreciated. Heather

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P.S. ................. have you any suggestions as to what we are looking at when we look at this scene please? Are the guns captured British ones, for instance?

Many thanks Heather

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