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A couple of WWI Aerial shots

Article about: Hello All, Some WWI aerial shots here. Opinions welcome... Bought cheap in a market in the UK. Notice "Lille" written on pic 3. Reverse of all pics blank. Approx 20 x 22 cm. Thanks

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    Default A couple of WWI Aerial shots

    Hello All,

    Some WWI aerial shots here. Opinions welcome...

    Bought cheap in a market in the UK. Notice "Lille" written on pic 3.

    Reverse of all pics blank. Approx 20 x 22 cm.

    Thanks for looking..
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    Appear to be reconnaissance photos.

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    Good pics, the 2nd with all the shell holes is very evocative.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    nice recon pics.

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    Elevation approx 2.2 km
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    wartime & now, then a map from 1641 showing Lille, taken from Wikipedia. Lille and Roubaix are near each other.

    Between 4–13 October 1914, the troops in Lille were able to trick the enemy by convincing them that Lille possessed more artillery than was the case; in reality, the city had only a single cannon. Despite the deception, the German bombardments destroyed over 2,200 buildings and homes. When the Germans realised they had been tricked, they burned down an entire section of town, subsequently occupying the city. Lille was liberated by the British on 17 October 1918, when General Sir William Birdwood and his troops were welcomed by joyous crowds. The general was made an honorary citizen of the city of Lille on 28 October of that year.

    Lille was also the hunting ground of World War I German flying Ace Max Immelmann who was nicknamed "the Eagle of Lille".


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    From Wikipedia

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    German military parade in Lille, 1915
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    Front Line, 16 Oct 1918
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    Here's a scan from one of my trench maps which roughly equates to the area shown in middle picture.

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    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    Showing a bit more detail from the surrounding area. Scale 1:20,000 Sheet number 36 NE[

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    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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