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WW1 RUINS of VILLERS FRANQUEUX France, taken from the Original Negatives

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Rare set of negatives that show whats left of a village in France

 

WW1 RUINS of VILLERS FRANQUEUX taken from the Original Negatives from my collection.

Negatives / photos were taken in 1918-1919.

The village suffered extensive shelling during the war.

The names of the owners houses are on the photos.

I printed the photos into a hardback book from the negs [ 6 books only ].

I will be going to see the village in Oct.

 

This is a link to see all the photos on youtube as its a slide film of them.

 

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Here are some photos that i have taken on the visit. We were made very welcome, it was took a lot of walking to find what houses that were left after ww1, most were taken down after the war.

I have a lot more info to enlarge the book now.

Some then and now photos of the houses.

Keith

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Some more then and now photos.

There were only 12 houses left that you could live in, the rest were pulled down after the war and the village was rebuilt from 1923.

We found 5 of the original houses left as some of the others were pulled down, one of them just 5 years ago.

Keith

french house 20 neg .jpg

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A post card of the above photo before ww1, you can see the gate pillers are the same.

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At last i found and bought some original German air photos of the village and area 40 in all from 1917-1918.

I will add some of them and up date the book.

Keith

vf air photo 6.jpg

vf air photo close up photo village .jpg

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XXX shows some of the houses in the photos, and the mairie [ town hall ] before and after.

Keith

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more original ww1 photos, from my collection shows the French army HQ in a house in ruins taken in 1917 VILLERS FRANQUEUX

 

 

 

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