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Amid this, possibly our most bathetic year to come, and, let’s face it we’ve had quite enough so far, the Great War seems to be picking up steam…

As a possible balance to “Pro Patria Amore…”

Something, to slow the blood…

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They lay forgotten in a dank cellar for almost a century. But these remarkable photos, published for the first time, give a rare and uncensored view of the horrors of the First World War from behind enemy lines.

They were taken by Walter Kleinfeldt who joined a German gun crew in 1915 and fought at the Somme aged just 16. As his haunting pictures, taken with a Contessa camera, make all too clear, life in the trenches was a harrowing experience. The images provide an insight into the epic machinery of war – and capture the darkest moments of battle, with bodies strewn among the rubble.

Returning home in 1918, Walter set up a photography shop in the town of Tubingen, where he worked until his death in 1945. Walter’s son Volkmar discovered the pictures three years ago.
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The story behind the photograph is to be read to be believed…
For the full feature click on the link below:

Story of Walter Kleinfeldt

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Further Links:

Further Story…

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YouTube BBC Vid

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