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Captured German Aircraft

Sub Category :German/ Weapons/ Ships/ Prisioners
Place Made : Jenin, Israel
Personal Postcard: Written on back: "Saube" destroyed at Jenin
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Captured German Aircraft

Sub Category :German/ Weapons/ Ships/ Prisioners
Place Made : Afula, Israel
Personal Postcard: Written on back: Captured Aeroplanes at El Afule.
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Little Bertha, Amiens Gun 11'

Sub Category :German/ Weapons/ Ships/ Prisioners
Date Made : Wednesday, September 18, 1918
Place Made : Paris, France
Postcard: LITTLE BERTHA was a German 11 inch Railway Gun captured near the village of Harbonnieres on the 8th of August 1918. This happened on the Black Day of Germany where the Allies made a major breakthrough and was able to take back very quickly a lot of ground that was lost previously during the German offensive of March 1918. This was one of the reasons why this weapon was caught with the operating crew unable to escape from the British and Australian 8th Infantry Brigade.
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Little Bertha, Amiens Gun 11'

Sub Category :German/ Weapons/ Ships/ Prisioners
Postcard: LITTLE BERTHA was built by Krupp at Essen as a 11 inch Naval Gun. It was converted in 1917 for the use as a Railway Gun. The Barrel, Carriage, Bogies and Roof weighed up to staggering 188 tonnes. It could fire a 300 kg projectile up to a range of 30km and was used for operations from June-August 1918 against the town of Amiens. After the Great War it was shipped back to Sydney, Australia and stayed outside the front of Central Railway station. Later sent to Canberra in the 1930's. During WW2 its Bogies was sent to Port Wakefield to use as a test platform to fire new barrels. Only the barrel and roof now remain at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra the rest was scrapped.
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Little Bertha, Amiens Gun 11'

Sub Category :German/ Weapons/ Ships/ Prisioners
Place Made : Paris, France
Postcard: LITTLE BERTHA was a mobile German 11 inch Railway Gun and together with Big Birtha a 15 inch emplacement gun they constantly shelled the city of Amiens and held it under seige. On the 8th of August 1918 it was captured by the Australian 5th Division with its operating crew near the village of Harbbonnieres. Because of this action the Germans were forced back and lost a lot of weapons, men and equipment. It also forced the large PARIS Gun to pull out which could fire a projectile 120km. As a war trophy Little Birtha was eventually sent to Paris and inspected by the French Commander Marshall Foch who was quite fascinated by it.
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Big Bertha, Amiens Gun 15'

Sub Category :German/ Weapons/ Ships/ Prisioners
Place Made : France, Somme, Chuignes
Postcard: BIG BERTHA was a heavy 15 inch Naval Gun captured by the 3rd Australian Infantry Battalion on the 23rd August 1918. The Germans destroyed the gun fearing it would be captured on the 8th August 1918 and blew the barrel off its mountings. This stationary rotating gun was responsible for most of the damage caused to the city of Amiens including the Cathedral located 30km away. All that remains today is a small metal plate taken from the gun platform and is mounted on the front of Little Birtha at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
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Big Bertha, Amiens Gun 15'

Sub Category :German/ Weapons/ Ships/ Prisioners
Place Made : France, Somme, Chuignes
Postcard: BIG BERTHA was connected by a series of complicated railway lines to get the heavy shells of ammunition to this location. This can be seen on numerous Trench Maps of 1918. Between the villages of Chuignes and Cappy a railway line veered off the main line and ran S/W for about 1km at the bottom of the valley and connected it to the gun. Most of the railway lines was built by the British in the Somme battles of 1916 but the big push of the German Offensive of March 1918 captured many of these lines intact.
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Big Bertha, Amiens Gun 15'

Sub Category :German/ Weapons/ Ships/ Prisioners
Place Made : France, Somme, Chuignes
Postcard: BIG BERTHA was the largest gun to be fired on the city of Amiens. Its concrete foundations weighed over 500 tons. It started operations in June 1917 and stayed here for over a year. It wore out its first Barrel and was replaced with a second and was back in action on the 7th August 1918. Unfortunately for the Germans the British made a Major Offensive the following day and advanced very quickly the gun was only able to fire another 35 shells. There was not enough time to remove it so the Germans had no choice but to destroy it.
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Big Bertha, Amiens Gun 15'

Sub Category :German/ Weapons/ Ships/ Prisioners
Place Made : France, Somme, Chuignes
Postcard: BIG BERTHA 15 inch Naval Gun was located on a reverse slope hidden in Arcy Wood directly between the villages of Proyart and Chugnies. The Germans removed everything here in WW2. The only thing that stands here today is a tall tree with a ladder used possibly for observation and for lifting on and off the camouflage nets. The English would have had a good idea of the rough location of this gun when it operated from here June 1917.
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Amiens Gun, Big Birtha 15'

Sub Category :German/ Weapons/ Ships/ Prisioners
Place Made : France, Somme, Chuignes
Postcard: BIG BIRTHA was built by Krupp at Essen as a 15 inch Naval Gun. It was captured by the 3rd Australian Infantry Battalion on the 23rd August 1918. After the War the Australians returned and on the 3rd of August 1919 the gun was handed over to the city of Amiens
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SMS Emden, German Navy

Sub Category :German/ Weapons/ Ships/ Prisioners
Postcard: SMS Emden German Light Cruiser sunk by HMAS Sydney on the 9th November 1914 off the Cocos Islands.
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