French Prisoners Taken at Verdun

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A group of French infantrymen captured by the Germans in the terrific fighting about the fortress city of Verdun, is shown in the picture carrying captured war materials. All such captured stores are taken by the victorious side, immediately put to their own use, and employed against the army for whom they were originally designed. The prisoners shown were captured in the sanguinary fighting at Vaux, one of the outer ring of forts about Verdun. This titanic battle staged early in 1916 was one of the most decisive conflicts of all time. The Crown Prince threw away the strength of the German man power in the futile and obstinate attempts to take the city. Captured war stores and numerous articles collected on the battlefield after the fighting has finished are taken over by special salvage units to be examined and if necessary overhauled. This work is done by the Reclamation Department, "really the "old clothes man" of the army. All sorts of uses are found for the materials and supplies so taken. Many a Frenchman's helmet has come back to his former comrades in the form of German bullets, and the same thing happened with the German supplies lost. --Official war photo
1916 Battle of Verdun

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