Fall of Przemysl: despatch and photographs


Extract (with four photographs) from Captain Neilson's despatch on the fall of Przemysl to the Russians, May 1915.

The destruction wrought during the siege of the Habsburg garrison at Przemysl, which fell to the Russians on 22 March 1915, is amply illustrated in the photographs taken by Captain Neilson of the 10th Royal Hussars. His accompanying despatch offers a harsh portrait of the Habsburg army after the fall of a fortress made 'enormously strong by nature and every known device'. Neilson contrasts the callous indifference of the 'contemptible' well-fed Austro-Hungarian officers with the plight of their starving troops, whose one desire is 'peace at any cost'.
Catalogue reference: WO 106/1122 and 1123 (May 1915)

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