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Famous Christmas photo from world war one

Article about: Gents, Im curious as about to this picture. It is suggested that it is cinnected with Christmas in the trenches in 1914. Happy for any comments! Cheers Jan

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    Im here to learn and I have to say I keep learning a lot

    Cheers Jan

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    Thanks Paul E and HPL2008 for the clarification. By "caps" do you mean Schirmutzen or something similar?
    While I knew Pickelhauben were used, I didn't think they were widespread across the forces.

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    If you search through this section of the forum you'll find numeros examples of WW1 German and British Headgear !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Quote by HPL2008 View Post
    ...Or, in case of the German troops, spiked helmets (Pickelhauben).
    (Which, of course, offered no ballistic protection to speak of.)
    How could i forget the Pickelhaube !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Where did you get the picture as it does look to be a recreation of the time and not a period picture IMHO as was suggested by Kris. Certainly post 1916 if an original because of the helmets as Paul mentioned. I think the French were the first to introduce steel helmets.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Spot on Jerry,
    The French M15 Adrian was the first "true" modern combat helmet.
    Issued early in 1915 I believe.
    Cheers
    Dave

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    I think it is a original picture for the following reasons. I think the two Germans have possibly been captured and this is just a lull in the battle. The British soldier at the front has his bayonet fixed and is equiped in his fighting order and by the looks of it watching over the prisoners. The sand bag this soldier is carrying is probably full of spare ammunition or grenades. Sandbags were used for everything and are still used today to carry ammo.
    The Tommies stood to the left their kit can be seen in the foreground. The two German soldiers are without their rifles etc.
    Just my two pence worth.

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    I wonder if the germans are pow's,the brit 2nd man on the left looks familiar from other ww1 pics.

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    It looks like it was well-photoshopped, to me.

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    IMHO it seems odd that all six men look pretty pin sharp with no motion blur across the depth of field suggesting high shutter speed and fast film speed of more modern camera's? After all this was supposedly in the "field" and not a staged shot or in a studio...or was it

    Is it a famous image?



    This photo of football match has motion blur. On a recent BBC Antiques Roadshow programme a guy produced a family letter sent home shortly after the soldier's witnessing the Christmas truce football match... very interesting to hear of a first-hand account.
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