Invasion

911car

Well-known member
Three original pictures taken in the same unidentified village in France:
  1. French infantry in summer or fall, wearing the early-war uniform
  2. French cavalry in snowy winter
  3. German Jaeger. The house on the left has become a FeldPost office. There is also a Red Cross signL1040877.JPGL1040878.JPGL1040875.JPG
 

cptbob

Active member
Very nice Bruno! Very interesting to get 3 photos of different armies taken at different times in the same town square. Maybe they were taken by a civilian who lived there?
 

ottodog8

Member
What a remarkable set of photographs. I wonder what the sequence was? French infantry in full summer, French cavalry dead of winter, Jaegers fall or spring, judging by the leaves on the tree. But which, fall of 1914 or spring 1915?

Steve
 
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911car

Well-known member
What a remarkable set of photographs. I wonder what the sequence was? French infantry in full summer, French cavalry dead of winter, Jaegers fall or spring, judging by the leaves on the tree. But which, fall of 1914 or spring 1915?

Steve
Apologies for the much belated response, Steve. Yes, I would bet the chronology is fall of 1914/1914-1915 winter/spring of 1915.
In the meantime, I think I have identified the village as Buzancy, Aisne (just a few miles away from where the Pickelhaube auction took place two weeks ago...).
I can add a couple of pictures of the same street:

American troops in November 1918. The village has been considerably damaged.

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And finally, the street view nowadays...

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chinstrap

Member
Hi Bruno,

How did you manage to identify the village? That’s quite a feat. Also how did you find four WW1 photos of the same place?

Patrick
 

911car

Well-known member
Hi Bruno,

How did you manage to identify the village? That’s quite a feat. Also how did you find four WW1 photos of the same place?

Patrick
Hello Patrick,
The top three are original pictures in postcard format I found as a lot, a long time ago. I identified the village recently, by pure coincidence: I recognized the place on another old picture I saw on internet. Knowing the place, I looked for related photos in WWI, and found the US soldiers. By chance, it had been taken at the same place (Place Chanzy in Buzancy). Below is the same place before the war.

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