World War One – Then and now, British POWs in Moorsele, Wevelgem – Belgium 1917

The pair of photographs you see below was taken in Moorsele, Belgium (today a part of Wevelgem) in 1917. I at once fell in love with these two shots as the  quality of the images and their setting is wonderful. The Prisoners look relaxed and on the second photograph many of them are smiling aswell. BritishPOWs2 British POWs1

The villa was used as Divisional HQ for the german 34th Infantry Division in August 1917. Thanks to some detective work of my dutch friend Alex Tijhuis, who was able to pinpoint the location of the house, I was able to play around a little and even if its not as professional as the works of some photographic artists out there I am quite proud of it:

Sint-Maartensplein 1917-today

Perspective of the WW1 photo is not 100% identical to the modern photo, still quite ok I think – Click to enlarge

If any of my readers live in the area I would be grateful for some more photographs of the house so I can do another version with a better resolution.