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Messines Collection

Background imageMessines Collection: Khaki Chums Christmas Truce Cross, St Yvon, Belgium

Khaki Chums Christmas Truce Cross, St Yvon, Belgium
At Christmas 1914, over the 24th/25th December, a truce was held here between the 1st Battalion the Warwickshire Regiment and the 7th Bavarians in which Bruce Bairnsfaher took part

Background imageMessines Collection: Christmas 1914 Football Match Statues, Messines - Mesen

Christmas 1914 Football Match Statues, Messines - Mesen
This life sized statue of a German and a British soldier shaking hands over a football, was sculpted by Andy Edwards and was unveiled on 22 December 2015

Background imageMessines Collection: A night raid into no-mans-land near Messines - WW1

A night raid into no-mans-land near Messines - WW1
A night raid into no-mans-land near Messines during the First World War

Background imageMessines Collection: British engineers mining at Messines Ridge (blown)

British engineers mining at Messines Ridge (blown)
British engineers mining at Messines Ridge (blown up on 7th June, 1917) during the First World War

Background imageMessines Collection: Douve Valley, Messines, 8th June 1917

Douve Valley, Messines, 8th June 1917

Background imageMessines Collection: WW1 - View across the Douve Valley shelling Messines

WW1 - View across the Douve Valley shelling Messines - 8th June 1917

Background imageMessines Collection: View from trench, Lancashire Fusiliers near Ploegsteert

View from trench, Lancashire Fusiliers near Ploegsteert Wood, Messines, January 1917

Background imageMessines Collection: WW1 - Lancashier Fusiliers front line trench overlooking

WW1 - Lancashier Fusiliers front line trench overlooking no-mans land opposite Messines near Ploegsteert Wood - January 1917

Background imageMessines Collection: Broken Trees, Wytschaete

Broken Trees, Wytschaete
A landscape etching which highlights a large number of broken trees, damaged from war during the capture of Wytschaete in the battle of Messines, on the Western Front, in WW1. Date: circa 1918

Background imageMessines Collection: German bunker, Oosttaverne Wood, Oostaverne

German bunker, Oosttaverne Wood, Oostaverne
This bunker is one that formed part of the German defensive line that was attacked on 7 June 1917, the opening of the Messines prelude to the battle for Passchendaele

Background imageMessines Collection: Captain Woodward, 1st Australian Tunneling Company

Captain Woodward, 1st Australian Tunneling Company
Captain Oliver Woodward was one of the heroes of the underground war at Hill 60. He had trained as a mining engineer and during his military career won the MC and two bars

Background imageMessines Collection: Christmas Truce Memorial, Peace Village, Messines

Christmas Truce Memorial, Peace Village, Messines
The memorial carries the words A Lull in the Hate and refers to the football match played between the Germans and the British at Christmas 1914

Background imageMessines Collection: Statue to New Zealand Forces who fought at Messines (Mesen)

Statue to New Zealand Forces who fought at Messines (Mesen) Date: 2016

Background imageMessines Collection: A composite matchbox-ashtray

A composite matchbox-ashtray made from a bullet cartridge and mounted on an 18 pounder shell case. Engraved Messines, June 7th 1917 - France and Belgium with an image in copper of a British tank

Background imageMessines Collection: Frank O Salisbury working on painting of King at the Front

Frank O Salisbury working on painting of King at the Front
Artist Frank O. Salisbury pictured at work on a huge canvas for his famous painting of the royal visit to the Front. The painting depicted King George V

Background imageMessines Collection: German prisoners captured at Messines, Flanders, WW1

German prisoners captured at Messines, Flanders, WW1
German prisoners of war captured during the Battle of Messines Ridge (June 1917), Flanders, during the First World War. Date: 1917

Background imageMessines Collection: General Sir Hubert Gough at Messines, WW1

General Sir Hubert Gough at Messines, WW1
General Sir Hubert de la Poer Gough (1870-1963), senior British Army officer, at Messines (Mesen), Flanders, Belgium, during the First World War

Background imageMessines Collection: Ww1 Messines Church 1914

Ww1 Messines Church 1914
A ruined church at Messines, France, during the First World War. Date: December 1914

Background imageMessines Collection: First Viscount Plumer

First Viscount Plumer
FIELD MARSHALL HERBERT CHARLES ONSLOW, 1ST VISCOUNT PLUMER OF MESSINES English military commander. Date: 1857 - 1932

Background imageMessines Collection: German 77mm shell case vase with looped handles

German 77mm shell case vase with looped handles
A 1915 German 77 mm. shell case vase with looped handles, engraved with the badge of the Army Service Corps. and the place names of Wytschaete and Messines, Belgium, dated 1917. Trench Art

Background imageMessines Collection: A composite matchbox-ashtray

A composite matchbox-ashtray made from a bullet cartridge and mounted on an 18 pounder shell case. Engraved Messines, June 7th 1917 - France and Belgium with an image in copper of a British tank

Background imageMessines Collection: Captain Davies encounters two German sentries, Messines

Captain Davies encounters two German sentries, Messines
Captain Davies (1st/8th Btn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment - TF) encounters two German sentries while on an evening reconnaissance - Messines, June 1915. Deeds That Thrill The Empire - Page 242. W. Avis

Background imageMessines Collection: German prisoner captured at Messines, Flanders, WW1

German prisoner captured at Messines, Flanders, WW1
A German prisoner of war captured during the Battle of Messines Ridge (June 1917), Flanders, during the First World War. Date: 1917

Background imageMessines Collection: Battle of Messines Ridge 1917

Battle of Messines Ridge 1917
Soldiers on the rim of a huge mine crater blown up on the morning of the battle of Messines Ridge on the British Front in France during World War I in June 1917

Background imageMessines Collection: Lancashire fusiliers

Lancashire fusiliers in a bay of a front trench showing a Lewis gun and wire. Opposite Messines near Ploegstreert Wood, Belgium during World War I in January 1917

Background imageMessines Collection: Battle of Messines Ridge

Battle of Messines Ridge
View of Oosttaverne Wood showing trenches taken by the British at the Battle of Messines Ridge, Western Front, Belgium during World War I in June 1917

Background imageMessines Collection: Battle of Messines

Battle of Messines
A typical German pill-box shelter on the hill at the Battle of Messines, Western Front, Belgium during World War I in 1917

Background imageMessines Collection: Battle of Messines Ridge

Battle of Messines Ridge
Soldier at the Battle of Messines Ridge, Western Front, Belgium during World War I in 1917

Background imageMessines Collection: Observation Post

Observation Post
A steel tree used as an observation post by the Australian forces at the Battle of Messines, Western Front, Belgium during World War I in 1917

Background imageMessines Collection: Night Raid at Messines

Night Raid at Messines
British infantry going over the top in a night raid at Messines

Background imageMessines Collection: Mining Messines Ridge

Mining Messines Ridge
Royal Engineers mine the Messines Ridge under German lines, and place explosives, which when detonated on 7 June 1917, assist the British in taking Ypres


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