Photo graveyard. In centre is a structure built of logs, with wooden cross at top.
Two homemade wooden graves markers with name of German soldiers, identifying their regiment as the 234th.
One on left, three soldiers that died December 14th and 17th,1914. One on left has written at top: 'Den heldentod starben' ('died the heroic death') and three more names, also dies in 1914.
This area, near Ypres, was the scene of many bloody battles during WW1.
Two box stamps on back publisher/photographer:
VERSAVEL Gabriel Stationstraat 12 PASSENDALE
Also ink writing ‘8/8’ on back.
Small corner creases. Light crease LR.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)
The 51st Reserve Division was a unit of the Imperial German Army in World War I. The division was formed in September 1914 and organized over the next month, arriving in the line in October. It was part of the first wave of new divisions formed at the outset of World War I...
The order of battle of the 51st Reserve Division on September 10, 1914, was as follows:
…Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 234
Langemark-Poelkapelle is a rural twin community in and on the edge of the Ypres Salient. It’s known for its folkloric figures, its countryside, but not in the least, as a community that was badly scarred by the First World War. Langemark-Poelkapelle is known as the place were they used gas for the first time, where the 3rd Battle of Ypres took place..
After the First World War, a lot of German cemeteries and single graves could be found everywhere. Shortly after the war, of lot of these graves were collected into 184 German cemeteries.
On the territory of Langemark-Poelkapelle, there were more than 40 German cemeteries. One of them was “Langemarck-Nord” or “Nr 123” at the Klerkenstraat. This cemetery was founded by a British Regiment, in October 1914. After the first gas attack on the 22nd of April (during the Second Battle by Ypres) the cemetery was located in German territory until the summer of 1917. Half a year later, in April 1918 (during the 4th Battle of Ypres) the Germans recaptured Langemark.
During the war, the amount of casualties rose almost every day. At the end of the War, there were 859 graves of German, British, French and Belgian soldiers; 627 of them were German.