This is a very early 39cm by 28cm print of a first world war German solder surrendering to French troops using the German word Kamarade at Verdun in 1916, one of the bloodiest battles of the first world war.
The white bordering of the print has suffered some dampness staining but otherwise the actual features of the print are good. The gold coloured plaster overlay of the wooden frame has some light damage but otherwise is in good condition.
The Battle of Verdun, fought from 21 February to 18 December 1916, was the largest and longest battle of the First World War on the Western Front between the German and French armies.
The battle took place on the hills north of Verdun-sur-Meuse in north-eastern France. The German 5th Army attacked the defences of the Fortified Region of Verdun and those of the French Second Army on the right bank of the Meuse.
Inspired by the experience of the Second Battle of Champagne in 1915, the Germans planned to capture the Meuse Heights, an excellent defensive position with good observation for artillery-fire on Verdun.
The Germans hoped that the French would commit their strategic reserve to recapture the position and suffer catastrophic losses in a battle of annihilation, at little cost to the Germans in tactically advantageous positions on the heights.
This print I am led to believe had previously been hung with pride for virtually over 50years in the home of a first world war French solder who’d taken part in that battle until his death in the mid 1970’s. The only time the print was taken off his wall was between the years of 1940 to 1945 when France was occupied by the Germans in the second world war.
This is an early print from the artwork by the successful French painter of the last quarter of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th Francois Flaming. Flaming was renowned for his ability in capturing the poignancy within his paintings of scenes of the first world war battle fields
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