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German Prisoners Western Front
German Prisoners Western Front

Set of photographs showing groups of German prisoners of war being escorted through a French village. These men were captured during the Battle in Champagne which was a French attempt to counter attack the invading German armies and push them back. The battle lasted from September 25, 1915 until November 6, 1915.

The French outnumbered the Germans in the area almost two to one, and the offensive met with initial success. But the Germans had anticipated the French attack and had dug in. The French met with determined German resistance and resulted in the French suffering heavy losses.

Of the 450,000 French soldiers that participated in the battle, 150,000 became casualties. The Germans had 220,000 men and suffered 72,500 casualties, including 25,000 who were taken prisoners.

A group of German POWS Captured During the Battle in Champagne, WW1
A group of German POWS Captured During the Battle in Champagne, WW1
German POWS
Closeup Shot of the Captured German POWS (Prisoners of War)

This article was published on January 18, 2016 and last updated on June 9, 2021