False discovery of war photos in Bastogne?

False discovery of war photos in Bastogne?

Some sites take up the information with enthusiasm: using a metal detector two history buffs have discovered the camera of an American soldier which to their surprise still contained his film which once developed provided never-before-seen images of the Battle of the Bulge! But there is eel under the rock ...


The story that circulated on the web was beautiful: in Luxembourg, two enthusiasts of the Second World War, Mark D. Anderson and Jean Muller, prospect the Bastogne plateau with their metal detector. Suddenly, a metallic object is discovered, it is about a photographic camera having belonged to Louis J. Archambeau, technician of the American army, killed during the Battle of the Bulge! And the two discoverers are not at the end of their
surprises! In the device is a film which they develop. The images are of very average quality, but no matter what we announce the exceptional discovery of unpublished images emerging from the earth exactly 70 years after the events!

Several various sites, including some for the press (Ouest-France, Metronews, etc.) or for photography, provide information on this exceptional discovery, the articles are widely shared on social networks, the announcement of the discovery goes around from all the enthusiasts of the period!

Yes but ... we must not take the children of the good Lord for wild ducks ... The massification of information has also made it possible to dismantle the deception (in particular on specialized fora such as Passion-Militaria or Militaria Collec III ). Because strangely some quickly recognized at least one of these "unpublished" photos published elsewhere with better quality in specialized books ... The photo therefore preexisted the discovery and was certainly aged so that the state of conservation corresponds in the presumed context of discovery. Unless a new version comes to explain the existence of two identical photos ...

A case that reminds us that we must remain vigilant in the face of the immediacy of information and its effervescence in the digital age.


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