Posted by: sommecourt | 14/03/2009

Undiscovered Red Cross Archive

News broke yesterday of historian Peter Barton’s important find in the Red Cross Archives in Geneva, Switzerland. While it was well known that the IRC had records of Prisoner’s of War, and men who died as POW’s, Peter Barton has unearthed a huge archive of material on men buried on the battlefield by the Germans. This was normally after a failed allied attack, or following a German advance; such as during Second Ypres and the German Offensives of the Spring of 1918. In many cases precise details of when and where a man died and was buried are shown, and this man result in many soldiers, currently recorded and buried as unknowns, to be positively identified. Barton was using the material for the archaelogical work on-going at Fromelles, where the bodies of more than 450 soldirs have been found.

It is clear that this is an important find; perhaps one of the most important in many years.

More on the BBC News Website.

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