Photo archive Ernst Liesching

The photo archive Liesching contains photgraphs of the deployment of the graduate engineer Ernst Liesching as a radio operator during the First World War. Originally from Gelsenkirchen, he was sent to the Eastern Front from September 1915 to February 1916. Two albums with 209 and 158 glued-in photographs respectively document the advance and stay of the Schwere Funkenstation No. 37 in several Eastern European countries.

Around 290 other motifs, in addition to some private photographs, bear witness to the deployment of the Kaiserlich deutsche Funkerabteilung 151 on the Mesopotamian Front, a secondary battlefield in World War I. From the end of 1916 to September 1918, Liesching belonged to this division, which was assigned to the 6th Turkish Army. The photographs show the installation of a radio station in Iraq by German and Turkish soldiers, officers in their spare time and the local population. Buildings and street scenes in what was then Constantinople are also documented. The archive was taken over from family ownership in 2006.

Further photo archives of the Picture Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek:

>> This collection is part of the holdings of the Picture Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library).