WW2 photo German soldiers at WW1 Canadian War Memorial Langemark Belgium


On back, text in German that appears to be ‘Frankreich' (?) (‘France’), which is incorrect.

7 X 9.75 cm

(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale).


Note: The sale of this item in no way supports the actions or philosophies of the Axis powers. I am selling the historical record. 


The "Canadian", as it is commonly called, stands at the Kerselarekruispunt ("Vancouver Corner") of the Brugseweg and Zonnebekestraat in Sint-Juliaan (St. Julien).

The statue may rightly be called one of the most beautiful monuments of the region where the front had once been.  The monument stands on a square plateau on a base of an arch-shaped extension on either side in a park of roses, conifers and junipers.

It is a white granite column of over 10 metres high, with the bust of a Canadian soldier wearing a helmet at the top, who seems to be meditating on the fate of his friends who have died in battle ("The brooding soldier"). His head is bowed and he stands heading in the direction of the place from where the chlorine gas came on 22 April 1915. His folded hands are resting on an upside-down rifle: the butt upwards and the barrel in the ground. This "Arms reversed" position is the traditional military salute to soldiers killed in battle. "CANADA" is written on the front of the monument.


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