New Zealand troops marching through a city near the Rhine after the Armistice

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A long column of New Zealand troops marching down a cobbled street in a city (exact location unknown) along the Rhine after the Armistice ending World War I. A number of flags are flying from buildings. Civilians on the street watch the proceedings Photograph taken late 1918 by Henry Armytage Sanders.
Inscriptions: Inscribed - Photographer's title on negative -bottom right: H1220.
Quantity: 1 b&w original negative(s).
Physical Description: Dry plate glass negative 4 x 5 inches

New Zealand troops marching through a city near the Rhine after the Armistice. Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association :New Zealand official negatives, World War 1914-1918. Ref: 1/2-013767-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.


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    Fraser P

    • 04/Oct/2015 09:34:32

    Given the French signage this can't be anywhere in the vicinity of the River Rhine since the region of Alsace-Lorraine was not returned to France until 1918 and while it was part of Germany the French language was strenuously suppressed. It seems more likely that this is somewhere in southern Belgium as the NZ troops marched towards Cologne to take up occupation duties in Germany.

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    Fraser P

    • 02/Jan/2016 08:31:30

    Yes, this is Verviers in Belgium, about 30 km east of Liege. Compare the details of this building at approximately 141 Crapaurue, Verviers with the 'Caoutchouc' shop on the left of your picture - especially the banded pillars either side of the doors at street level and the false metal strapping on the walls between the windows on the upper floors.

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    ✿ willem ツ

    • 06/Dec/2018 22:14:54

    The proprietor (glacier in French) of the ice cream parlour is called Daelen (variant of Van Daelen as you can tell by the link), a very Belgian (and Dutch) name. On the railing of the balcony over the ice cream parlour, it reads in French: honneur aux Alliés - honour to the Allies. Fabrique de Parapluie[s] is French and means umbrella factory. Caoutchouc articles chirurgie is French for 'rubber prosthetics'. The shop whose sign reads this, can be seen clearly in the Google Maps reference of []. This photo is nowhere near the Rhine.