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The images shown here have not been catalogued yet and may be used free of charge, provided their source is named. The Volksbund is planning to make the extensive stock of First World War images in its archive available online here soon.

A cemetery, completely destroyed during a First World War battle

Westende village, Volksbund archive: Gedenkbuch 75, p. 18.

British prisoners of war near Villers Autreux (presumably Villers-Outréaux)

taken on 22 March 1918 - one day after the beginning of the 1918 German Spring Offensive on the Somme.

182. Infanterie-Regiment

First Lieutenant Sahode hands out the prizes at a sports event in Ruddervoorde, May 1916 - on the left Lieutenant Colonel Baron von Halkett.

182. Infanterie-Regiment

Russian prisoners of war working in occupied France - 1915.

182 Infanterie-Regiment

British prisoners of war in Lens after the battle near Souchez - September 1915.

182. Infanterie-Regiment

Machine gun at the Wytschaete emplacement - winter of 1915/16 - in the trenches.

182. Infanterie-Regiment

Path in front of the hospice in Wytschaete - winter of 1915/16 - army doctor Captain Mylius sunning himself in the communication trench.

182. Infanterie-Regiment

Russian prisoners of war in occupied France - spring of 1916.

182. Infanterie-Regiment

French civilians fleeing from the Battle of the Somme, July 1916.

88th Infantry Division (Eastern Front)

Russian prisoners of war being marched away at the Eastern Front, around 1915.

88th Infantry Division (Eastern Front)

A dead Russian soldier lying in a trench. He fell during the advance, around 1915.

Field hospital

253 field hospital of the army of the German state of Württemberg in the church of Bantouzelle - Christmas 1916.

Photograph taken during the First World War

British trench near Warneton in May 1918.

Signals Corps

Digging a cable trench in the Champagne at the Poehlberg (east of Reims) in 1917.

Trench digger

The picture shows a digger, probably taken during the construction of the Siegfried Line in 1917.

A photograph of French tanks after the Second Battle of the Aisne near Ville-aux-Bois in the Champagne in 1917.

Recovering the fallen from the trenches of Langemarck in the province of West Flanders

Langemarck is also the site of a German war cemetery where an above-average number of First World War casualties who had volunteered for service have been laid to rest.

Christmas in the field

This photograph, taken on 24 December 1917, shows a corps of signals on Christmas Eve in Milly-sur-Bradon near Dun-sur-Meuse.

4. Batterie 21 cm Mörser

A 21 cm Mörser howitzer belonging to the 9th Regiment of the Reserve Foot Artillery, aimed north towards Langemarck - February 1915.

Prisoners of war being rounded up in front of Roulers railway station in April 1915.

This photograph, taken in July 1915 in Bixschoote, shows the view from a loophole: in the right of the picture, the ruins of Steenstrate, with an assault bridge across the almost empty Yser canal in the foreground.

This photograph shows some members of the 8th Battery of the 7th Regiment of the Reserve Foot Artillery in the canteen at their billet in Stadenreke. May 1916

This picture, taken in May 2016, shows the farriers of the 8th Battery of the 7th Regiment of the Reserve Foot Artillery in front of their billet in Stadenreke.

Postcard from the First World War

Lieutenant Immelmann in front of his Fokker airplane. (Place and date: not known)

This postcard from the First World War shows the completely destroyed Houthulst forest. (Date: not known)

This First World War postcard shows people wearing gas masks during preparations for a gas attack. (Place and date: not known)

Photograph from the First World War

Children waiting in front of the 10th Company ('Knoll Company') office for leftovers from lunch. (Eastern Front, date: not known)

Photograph: Volksbund archive

This picture from the First World War shows the burial of casualties. (Place and date: not known)

A crew in front of their plane

on the left Gustav Watermann's younger brother, Ernst Watermann (Western Front, date: not known)