1919 Flanders Photographs

Tonight we have a series of photographs taken on the battlefield of Flanders in April 1919 by an amateur photographer, this set of photographs turned up in a collectors shop in Llandudno when I was on holiday and are a fascinating selection of images, with some great views of knocked out tanks.  This soldier has helpfully written on the back of several of the photographs that allow us to identify the location as being in or near Gheluvelt a tiny village outside Ypres in Flanders. The village had been the seen of a crucial battle in 1914 when the Worcestershire Regiment had stopped the German advance. The village was then captured by the Germans and it was in their hands until recaptured in 1918, again involving men from the Worcestershire Regiment. These photographs show the aftermath of the battle and the devastation that was still visible six months after the end of the Great War.

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