Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Thursday, December 7, 2017

A German Magazine Documents the Ottoman Army

The Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung, often abbreviated BIZ, was a weekly illustrated magazine published in Berlin from 1892 to 1945. BIZ's WWI archives are one the best sources of photographs of the Ottoman Army during the war. It was the first mass-market German magazine and pioneered the format of the illustrated news magazine with the photo-essay, a specialized staff, a production unit for pictures, and a vast photo library. With other news magazines like the M√ľnchner Illustrierte Presse and Vu in France, it also pioneered the use of candid photographs taken with the new smaller cameras. BIZ was published on Thursdays but bore the date of the following Sunday.  

Mortar Position, Dardanelles

General Liman von Sanders, Senior German Officer

Turkish Supply Column at Rest

Turkish Artillery Firing, Casualties to the Rear

Observation Position

Anti-Aircraft Position

Searchlight Position, Dardanelles

Stretcher Column, Turkish Officer, Arab Bearers

German General August von Mackensen on a Visit to Constantinople

A German Officer Camel-Mounted

Non-Turkish Ottoman Troops in a New Firing Trench

Turkish Officers Conducting a Class in Medina

These photos are from the collection of Contributing Editor Tony Langley of Antwerp, Belgium (formerly New Jersey, USA). Comments are from Wikipedia