Photo archive of Ernst Liesching

Short biography and photo archive

Ernst Liesching, 1918 | © BSB/Image Archive
Ernst Liesching, 1918 | © BSB/Image Archive

Originally coming from Gelsenkirchen, the certified engineer Ernst Liesching photographically documented his deployment as radio operator in the First World War.


From September 1915 to February 1916, Liesching was ordered to the Eastern front. Two albums with 209 and 158 glued-in photographs document the advance and the stay of the "Heavy Radio Station No. 37" in several Eastern European countries.
Serbia between September 1915 and February 1916  (digitized photo album)
Serbia and Macedonia between September 1915 and February 1916  (digitized photo album)


From the end of 1916 to September 1918, Liesching belonged to the "Imperial German Radio Division 151", which was assigned to the 6th Turkish Army. Around 290 motifs, besides a number of private photographs, bear witness to the deployment of the Radio Operator Division 151 at the front in Mesopotamia, a secondary theatre of the 1st World War. The images show the set-up of a radio station in Iraq by German and Turkish soldiers, officers in their free time and the local population. Also documented are buildings and street scenes in Constantinople at the time.


The archive was taken over from family ownership in the year 2006.


The cataloguing and digitization have been completed.


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