The 150-year-old black-and-white photograph shows a "shot fracture": a thigh bone that only consists of debris, crushed by an artillery shell. It is not known who this leg belonged to, whether it was a German soldier or a Frenchman, whether he was instantly dead, whether he was one of those hopeless cases that were left to die on the battlefield, or whether he was still was carried to the field hospital.
Franco-Prussian War: Death sighs on the Meuse
In August 1870 German troops advance into Alsace. A month later, in Sedan, the French Empire went under.