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ID number P06285.001
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Photographer Unknown
Date made July 1916

Description

A German photograph depicting what was claimed to be a large group of British bodies in a wooded area behind the German lines near the village of Fromelles. The photograph forms part of a series taken by a German photographer in the aftermath of the battle at Fromelles. These photographs were printed and circulated as postcards aimed at boosting morale in Germany. The caption at the bottom reads "Gef. Englander n.d Angriff b. Fromelles 19.7.1916", which translates as "Fallen British from the attack at Fromelles on 19.7.1916". A photograph of the same bodies appears in the German regimental history Vier jahre Westfront with the statement that these are German troops killed at Fromelles, awaiting burial . The tunic seen in the foreground of the photograph supports the identification of these as German bodies. Some of the bodies have been covered with ground sheets.