Famous Verdun photographs which are not what they seem


This dramatic photograph has been prominent in media reports of the centenary of the opening of the Battle of Verdun on 21 February 1916, apparently showing a French soldier caught in the moment of death. It is usually licensed from Getty images who have altered their caption to acknowledge that it is in fact a film still from 1928.

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The French film maker Léon Poirier produced a remarkable feature ‘Verdun, visions d’histoire’, shot on the old battlefields and inside the forts, using veterans wearing original uniforms and equipment. Another famous photograph of stretcher bearers under shell fire is also from the film but Getty have yet to alter the caption.Embed from Getty Images


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