The German High Command

Group Photo of the German High Command During World War 1

 

German High Command

The German Emperor and His Wartime Generals and Admirals

This is a group photo of the German High Command during World War 1, showing the German Emperor Kaiser Willhelm I surrounded by his generals and admirals. Seated behind the Emperor are such notables as Bulow, Tirpitz, Moltke and Hindenberg. These men collectively had the blood of millions on their hands.

German Prisoners of War

German POWs

German POWs

German Prisoners of War Standing Behind Barbed Wire

The picture shows a sea of German soldiers, all prisoners of war, standing behind a barbed wire fence. The fence is a rudimentary one, just a few wires strung along some rough posts. There are a couple of signs, their wording illegible but probably some warning against crossing the fence, nailed to one of the fence posts.

There are so many prisoners of war that the men have no room to move or lie down. There is no visible shelter, just a mass of thousands and thousands of POWs. Judging from their overcoats it is likely that the picture was taken in the Fall and there seems to be a chill in the air.

The conditions must have been very difficult. There is no designated place to go to the bathroom. Hygiene must have been horrendous. Line ups for food must have been very long.

Despite these hardships, the men in this picture were comparatively lucky. For them the war was over, and if they survived cholera and other diseases prevalent in POW camps, they would soon be repatriated with their families.

Here is a close up of some of the men, unidentified persons amidst the masses of nameless and indistinct faces.

German Prisoners of War

German POWs