How to spot a FAKE war photo: Historian exposes the tell-tale signs

How to spot a FAKE war photo: Historian exposes the tell-tale signs
How to spot a FAKE war photo: Historian exposes the tell-tale signs

Looking menacing in their military uniforms, German soldiers fighting in the Second World War stand in a line next to a Jeep - but all is not as it seems.  

The image was in fact taken in 2007 - as evidenced by the motorway gantry in the background. 

Historian Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse, 49, is fighting against fake history, and uses it and other images to demonstrate how even photographic evidence can be manufactured.  

Miss Teeuwisse, who captured the photos at various history-themed events, said it was as simple as using an old camera. 

She said: 'I've been a historian specialising in daily life in the 1930s and 1940s for over 20 years.

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'I've also done some historical re-enactments and living history myself, and have spent a lot of time on movie and TV sets, in museums and at 1930s-themed events etc. 

'I made the photos with original 1920s and 1930s cameras, using no Photoshop, no filters and not even artificial light. 

'I mostly use the basic box camera – one of the first types of camera that was affordable and available to the general public over a century ago. 

Looking menacing in their military uniforms, German soldiers fighting in the Second World War stand in a line next to a Jeep - but all is not as it seems. The image was in fact taken in 2007 - as evidenced by the motorway gantry in the background. Historian Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse, 49, is fighting against fake history, and uses it and other images to demonstrate how even photographic evidence can be manufactured

Looking menacing in their military uniforms, German soldiers fighting in the Second World War stand in a line next to a Jeep - but all is not as it seems. The image was in fact taken in 2007 - as evidenced by the motorway gantry in the background. Historian Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse, 49, is fighting against fake history, and uses it and other images to demonstrate how even photographic evidence can be manufactured

In another picture, a young soldier sits at a machine gun in an urban battlefield – but an elderly man in modern clothing has crept into the photo behind him and his comrades

In another picture, a young soldier sits at a machine gun in an urban battlefield – but an elderly man in modern clothing has crept into the photo behind him and his comrades

'It's very simple: just point and click.' In some of her images, there are clues to be found, but in others, there are no obvious signs.  

One image that does bear a sign is that of a young soldier sitting at a machine gun in an urban battlefield – but an elderly man in modern clothing has crept into the photo behind him and his comrades. 

In a third image, a young girl walking behind a group of soldiers lying on a beach while holding their guns next to an amphibious vehicle is the only possible hint that the image isn't from World War Two.  

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Most of the photos, however, have nothing to distinguish them from the genuine article. 

Miss Teeuwisse, who is based in the Netherlands, said: 'There are many little details that can help you find out if a photo is genuine or a modern fake, but it can be quite difficult. 

'Sometimes it's a hairstyle, glasses, or shoes that are not right for the period; sometimes there's something not quite right about how the people behave or look. 

'Sometimes it's a traffic sign in the background – in most cases all you've got to help you be sure is something modern sneaking into the frame.' 

Otherwise, she added, even with access to the original negative, it would take a photography expert to tell a real from a fake. 

In a third image, a young girl walking behind a group of soldiers lying on a beach while holding their guns next to an amphibious vehicle is the only possible hint that the image isn't from World War Two.

In a third image, a young girl walking behind a group of soldiers lying on a beach while holding their guns next to an

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