Bildsammlung Palästina

Logo Staatliche Archive BayernThe online finding aid and virtual collection Bildsammlung Palästina has been created by the Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv in Munich.  This collection contains some 2,100 aerial photographs and 400 other photographs – the last mainly made in Palestine, but also in Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Serbia – taken in 1917 and 1918 by the Bayerische Fliegerabteilung 304, a unit of the Bavarian Army for aerial reconnaissance.

The digitized images have been divided in five main sections: images of the coastal area; the mountains from Lebanon to the Hebron; the valley of the Jordan; Eastern Jordany, and other photographs taken on the ground. The photographs show information about the fronts in the Middle East, but they are also important for the archaeology of the region. The collection can be searched with a free text search field, and you can browse the five sections. The website is accessible in German. In the last section you will find also images of the Bavarian pilots and their unit.

A recent article by Wilhelm Füßl, ‘Luftbildfotografie im Ersten Weltkrieg’ at Visual History gives you more information about German aerial photographs from the First World War.

Bildsammlung Palästina