WW1 photos show Champagne parties of German airmen

20th August, 2013 by Rupert Millar

A collection of rare photographs showing German pilots from the First World War enjoying Champagne-fuelled parties has been unearthed.

The find, comprising some 130 photos, was discovered in Essex by a man searching through personal effects bequeathed to him by a relative.

It is thought that they may have come into the possession of a British soldier at the end of the conflict.

The pictures show life for Imperial German Flying Corps officers behind the lines and between sorties in which many of them will have lost their lives.

According to the Daily Telegraph, next to nothing is known about the men in the photographs although they are members of 24th and 54th squadrons (or Jastas in German) and largely photographed in around 1917.


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