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morrisc8

The photos i made from the original negatives from my collection. Villers-Franqueux suffered extensive distruction during the war. The village is between Reims and Hermonville.

The names of the peoples houses were put on the negatives.

   Here is a link to the photos.

     Keith

 

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Dai Bach y Sowldiwr

An impressive series of images Keith.

They could have been taken yesterday couldn't they? Their quality is first class.

So easy to gloss over, when reading a military account where it will say something like "We shelled enemy positions in the village, and it was destroyed..."

This is what a single destroyed village looks like.

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Phil Evans

Keith,

 

That is stunning, both in the photos and the presentation. To have the negatives indexed to that personal level is something else.

Presumably they were taken by a local photographer?

What is the music you used? It is haunting.

 

Phil

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GWF1967

A striking set of images. 

 Very moving. 

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Pighills

Great set of photos, thank you for posting.  Makes you realise how much it affected the civilian population too.

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Martin Bennitt

Thanks Keith, very emotive. Different war, different circumstances but I am immediately reminded of Oradour sur Glane.

 

Cheers Martin B

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horrocks

These are very interesting indeed, and of fabulous quality. I know this part of the world a little, having lived and worked not far away in the late 1970s, when there was still a surprising amount of evidence of the Great War if you scratched about a bit. I was tempted onto google street view to look at the buildings now, which is interesting.

 

I note a recurring name as Duval-Leroy (or sometimes Leroy-Duval!). It caught my eye as it is the name of a major Champagne house, reputable in its own right and also a long-time source of some of our better supermarket own-label Champagnes. They are actually located some miles away in Vertus, but I am intrigued and wonder if there is a connection.

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2 hours ago, horrocks said:

These are very interesting indeed, and of fabulous quality. I know this part of the world a little, having lived and worked not far away in the late 1970s, when there was still a surprising amount of evidence of the Great War if you scratched about a bit. I was tempted onto google street view to look at the buildings now, which is interesting.

 

I note a recurring name as Duval-Leroy (or sometimes Leroy-Duval!). It caught my eye as it is the name of a major Champagne house, reputable in its own right and also a long-time source of some of our better supermarket own-label Champagnes. They are actually located some miles away in Vertus, but I am intrigued and wonder if there is a connection.

I was invited to the village by the mayor last year, i printed a few hardback books of the photos and gave them to him for the village.

I did go to the Leroy-Duval Champagne house in Vertus and gave them a free copy of the book, they had a warehouse in Villers-Franqueux and Duval had a house there..

There were only 12 houses left that you could live in, the rest were pulled down after the war and the village was rebuilt from 1923.
We found 5 of the original houses left as some of the others were pulled down, one of them just 5 years ago.
This is a link to a French website that i put some of the photos on, to get some more info

http://pages14-18.mesdiscussions.net/pages1418/photos-14-18/divers/photos-villers-franqueux-sujet_2146_1.htm#t16335

vf air recon ww1.png

nels map ww1 VF france.jpg

book vf ww1.jpg

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stiletto_33853

Great selection of slides and video Keith.

 

Andy

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morrisc8
21 hours ago, Phil Evans said:

Keith,

 

That is stunning, both in the photos and the presentation. To have the negatives indexed to that personal level is something else.

Presumably they were taken by a local photographer?

What is the music you used? It is haunting.

 

Phil

From the film The Last Samurai by Hans Zimmer 

   

 

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Phil Evans

Thanks Keith

 

Phil

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morrisc8

Here are two German recon photos and you can see what`s left and two maps

  Keith

vf airphotocloseupvillage photo 1.jpg

vfairphoto6 PHOTO 2.jpg

vf photo 3.jpg

vf VillersFranqueuxmap1abook photo 4.jpg

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morrisc8

I have a original German map dated 19 May 1918 of the area around Villers Franqueux, Thil, Courcy, Hermonville, Loivre, Cauroy.
Does anyone know what the legend / symbols on the map are for. h, i, g4, l, f, o2, g2, w3, g, m, k, ect. , you can see some on the air photo, they might be gun batteries?

Here are some of the map symbols. z1, m1, o4, qu2, k1,n1. Ect Ect. The symbol info is not on the map
Keith

vf map close up 4 .jpg

vf map close up 3.jpg

vf map kb.jpg

vf air photo 2.jpg

vf air photo close up 2 .jpg

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morrisc8

Date on the map, and looks like a unit/Reg 476 ---- Rgt and name under Rgt.

german map 1918.jpg

ww1 vf german map.jpg

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morrisc8

Then and now photos. Went round the village last year to find the few houses that were left.

vf house 2.JPG

french house 108Aneg .jpg

french house 22A neg .jpg

vf house 1a.JPG

french house 53 neg .jpg

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Terry_Reeves

Thank you, very interesting

 

TR

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morrisc8

Few more. photos  1 and 2 The Mairie after and before ww1.

                   photos  3 and 4 Station house before and now.

                    photos 5 and 6 house then and now.

       Keith.

 

french house 44 neg vf    jpg.jpg

vf  maire.jpg

vf railway.jpg

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horrocks

MorrisC8, I am intrigued that in the 3 - 4th of your then and nows, (the tall house with the ivy growing up it's wall) the evergreen tree appears to have survived the passage of time.

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5 hours ago, horrocks said:

MorrisC8, I am intrigued that in the 3 - 4th of your then and nows, (the tall house with the ivy growing up it's wall) the evergreen tree appears to have survived the passage of time.

To the left of the post card with the stamp on, you can just see the tall house as well.

The card below has some of the houses i found with the XXXXX by them.

 Church before and during the war and how it is now, [new].

 Last photo is of the tall house from the other side.

All original photos  are from my collection.

   Keith.

vf village tall house.jpg

vf house 1.JPG

vf air photo 1950s.jpg

vf church 1.jpg

church vf 1.jpg

french  villers franqueux church ww1.jpg

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morrisc8

Here are some more. The shop is now a house, photos of the park, A road in the village that i could not ID and one other photo of the church.

All photos taken by me and postcards from my collection.

  Keith

vf shop.jpg

vf shop 2.JPG

vf shop.JPG

vf  road railway.jpg

vf park.JPG

french Villers Franqueux 1917-18 ww1 street .jpg

Villers Franqueux Church PC.jpg

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morrisc8

Just bought one more ww1 photo of Villers-Franqueux and a German air photo of the mill.

  Keith

 

vf ww1 town.jpg

ww1 air photo vf windmill 1.jpg

french Villers Franqueux Moulin ww1 .jpg

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Dai Bach y Sowldiwr

Marvellous pictures.

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morrisc8

more original ww1 photos, from my collection shows the French army HQ in a house in ruins taken in 1917 VILLERS FRANQUEUX.

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morrisc8

Just bought some original German air recon photos of the area. you can see the trenches.

    Keith

 

ww1 vf 1918 may.jpg

ww1 vf hermonville.jpg

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