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2 German Officers Photo Albums


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The faces in the album no longer appear to be those of strangers, they are beginning to feel like old friends.

Page 14 photo 1

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Page 14 Photo 2

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Geoff

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I have tried to do a map of the locations in the album and hopefully this works. I have used Microsoft Autoroute.

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1 is Gondecourt (photos to follow later)

2 is Givenchy (photos to follow later)

3 is Le Bassee

4 is Illies

5 is Viollaines

6 is Lorgies

7 is Annoeulin

quite a small area where all the photos where taken

Geoff

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pic 14/2:

the top text must belong to another pic, not to this one!

The top text says:"M.W. (Meine Wenigkeit) am Scherenfernrohr an der Lorettohoehe. Minuten spaeter wurde das Sch.F. kaputt geschosssen."

"Myself at the telescope at Loretto Height. Minutes later the telescope was shot to pieces"

The actual text at bottom:

"Sandsaecke fuer Deckung" = sand bags for coverage

H.W. obviously hints to Hei Wei?

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Geoff, Egbert, Bob !

Album page 14, photo 1:

The man sitting on the right is wearing an artillery-helmet (bullet on the top). And what do I see written on the helmet ?

22

So we can be absolutely sure now that the unit is Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr. 22

Malte

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egbert,

could the telescope be up a tree? There is a photo on the next page with no dialogue of a tree with rungs in the trunk.

Geoff

Geoff.

this is indeed an artillery observation-post up there in the tree. You drop the nail on the head !

Malte

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The next page. Winter has arrived.

Page 17 photo 1

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Page 17 photo 2

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This photograph has been interfered with. The figures on the right look like drawings!! And the birds dont look real.

Geoff

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Page 18 Photo 1

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What is Beau Puits? It is on several Photographs. I cannot find this as a place name.

Page 18 Photo 2A1P18P2.jpg

Just to put it in its place in the album!

Geoff

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What is Beau Puits? It is on several Photographs. I cannot find this as a place name.

On page 19 photo 1 is a placename called Vielaines. This is in the Champagne-Ardenne (Aude). No 'Beau Puits' in this region, but there is a Puits-et-Nuisement. It's a long shot, but it could be somehow connected to Beau Puits. But how?

Roel

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Malte

Thats excellent. I only tried Autoroute but I have just tried my SatNav and its in as Le Beau Puits. And it fits with the other place names.The only odd one now is Mousson, which is not near Le Bassee, Page 6 photo 2, and healdev says the Germans never took Mousson.

Any one got any ideas?

Geoff

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A search on Multimap indicates 2 towns with that name.

One is Pont-a-Mousson north of Nancy and the other is Mousson north of Troyes.

Any chance the Germans took one but not the other?

Great pictures and detective work on this thread - well done everyone.

Neil

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That's pretty close Neil,

but we are looking for Mousson.

Mousson at Troyes is too far away from the frontlines. And Pont-à-Mousson is not Mousson.

So we hit the nail on the head by doing a search on this famous site:

http://www.villorama.com/mousson.htm

and we see: Mousson is a village near Pont-à-Mousson

Mousson

Région : Lorraine

Département : Meurthe-et-Moselle (54)

Arrondissement : Nancy

Canton : Pont-à-Mousson

Malte

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But its nowhere near Le Bassee! Everywhere in the album is near Le Bassee except Ostende.

And where or what is Etappe?(page 17 photo3)

too many questions! :(

Geoff

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But its nowhere near Le Bassee! Everywhere in the album is near Le Bassee except Ostende. 

And where or what is Etappe?(page 17 photo3)

too many questions! :(

Geoff

Geoff,

in 1916 the 13th Infantry Division came from Artois to Lorraine and took part on the fighting around Verdun.

On 16th February 1917 the divisional artillery of 13th Inf.Div. was devided and Feldartillerie-Regiment No 22 left the Division, FAR 58 stayed at the 13th Inf.Div. until war was over.

Feldart.Regt. 22 came to the artillery-reserve of the German Army after its extraction from 13th Inf.Div.

In February 1918 FAR 22 got part of the 200. German Inf.Div.

Malte

PS: The area behind a German army's sector (which was not directly combat zone)

was called Etappe.

The High Command of an Army (1., 2., 3. ....) delegated the tasks to be solved backwards of the Combat zone (Administration, support, education and training of recruits ... and so on) to an "Etappen-Inspection".

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Thanks Malte, that explains that photograph perfectly. Because that photograph stands alone, do you think the photographs are in the correct order?

the last few photographs from the album

Page 20 photo 1

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Page 20 photo 2

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Geoff

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