German soldiers were encouraged to take personal photographs during the occupation of France, and official German film and photography crews were attached to the forward units. By contrast, photography wasn’t allowed in the British Army, which explains the emphasis on a defeated Allied army in many of the images of the 1940 conflict.
After the German occupation of Cassel, there are numerous images of abandoned 140th Regiment assets, including at ‘Dead Horse corner’, on the Rue Marechel Foch, the Rue de Berges and in the Place du General Vandamme.
There are few images available of German tanks disabled by the B.E.F, however it is estimated that the battle culminated in the destruction of nearly 100 tanks in the immediate area of Cassel.
German Tank disabled
Disabled German tank on C301 road, close to the Chateau Masson HQ to the South of Cassel, 1940 and 2019. The tank has been disabled by artillery fire. B&W photographs courtesy of Andrew Newson.
Bavinchove railway crossing in 1940 and 2019. British Engineers had positioned railway locomotives on the crossing to obstruct the D933 road. B&W image from ww2talk.com
The ‘picket’ village of Zuytpeene. The church and Commonwealth War Graves in 2019.
Place du Gen Vandamme, Cassel
General Plumer’s Great War HQ building, Place du General Vandamme, Cassel in 2019
Place du General Vandamme, Cassel after German occupation in 1940- showing the old Tram station (to the left) and General Plumer’s Great War HQ building (to the right). The photographs show abandoned 140th Regiment gun tractors, a field gun and ammunition trailer. B&W photographs from Andrew Newson and ww2talk.com.
Old Tram Station, Place du Gen Vandamme, Cassel in 2019
Rue du Marechal Foch, Cassel
Rue du Marechal Foch, Cassel after German occupation 1940 and in 2019. Abandoned 140th Regt. Gun tractor, ammunition trailer and field gun with a German staff car passing towards la Grand Place. B&W image courtesy of Guided Battlefield Tours Ltd.
Abandoned 140th Regiment equipment in the Place du Gen Vendamme 1940, Cassel with the Regiment’s identification visible and the same scene in 2019. B&W image courtesy of Guided Battlefield Tours Ltd.
British Prisoners of War and RAMC staff captured at Cassel in 1940. We are flying a Royal Artillery flag at Chateau Masson in 2019. The 1940 image may have been taken in the grounds of the Chateau. B&W photograph courtesy of Guided Battlefield Tours Ltd.
British POWs assembled at an unknown location in Cassel, 1940. Image courtesy of Guided Battlefield Tours Ltd