information sign, placard 'Interesting War News..

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Catalogue number
  • FEQ 172
Production date
1916
Materials
  • Board and Stake: wood
  • Nails: steel
  • Notice: Iron Gall Ink
  • Notice: paper
Dimensions
  • Overall: Height 919 mm
  • Stake: Diameter 28 mm
  • Stake: Height 654 mm
  • Board: Height 259 mm
  • Board: Width 364 mm
  • Board: Depth 22 mm
  • Notice: Height 210 mm
  • Notice: Width 328 mm
Alternative Names
  • FULL NAME: information sign, placard 'Interesting War News..
  • SIMPLE NAME: sign, German
Object Type
sign
Category
equipment

History note

First World War period placard improvised by German troops on the Western Front commemorating (and celebrating) the surrender of Indian and British troops besieged at Kut, Mesopotamia on 29 April 1916. This placard, together with another referring to the Easter Rising in Dublin (FEQ 310), was displayed on the German trench parapets at Hulluch facing the 8th (Service) Battalion, Royal Munster Fusliers. At 1am on 10 May 1916 a patrol led by Lieutenant F J Biggane of the battalion cut the German wire and captured both placards from an enemy sap at H25d49, 1 in 10,000 map sheet 36CNW3. The placards were presented to King George V by Lieutenant-Colonel Williamson, Commanding Officer of the 8th Munsters, on 25 July 1916. See 'History of the Royal Munster Fusiliers', Vol 2. Polaroid photo in signs card index.

Physical description

Sign, board and stake: rectangular sign board (32 x 14 inches) made from packing case timber nailed to stake made from sapling with bark still attached, bearing paper notice with ink manuscript legend affixed by nails. Message reads as follows: 'Interesting War News / of April 29th 1916 / Kut el Amara has been taken in / by the Turcs and the whole english / army theirin / ---13000 men --- / maken prisoners'.

Ink manuscript

Interesting War News of April 29th 1916 Kut el Amara has been taken in by the Turcs and the whole english army theirin ---13000 men --- maken prisoners

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