This atmospheric and moving photograph is thought to have been taken by the official war photographer, John Warwick Brooke. The sun is shining down on this scene of wanton destruction. The older and more sculpted parts of the church are still in situ, which only underlines the lost grandeur and beauty.
The slang British term used here for German, ‘Hun, gained popular usage after Kaiser Wilhelm II urged his troops to ‘behave like Huns’ to win the war. The damage in Peronne was eventually so bad, that King George V visited himself: both to inspect the ruins and to boost morale.
[Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ON THE FRONT IN FRANCE. Ruins of the church in Peronne after the Huns had done with it.’]