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Cavalry on the move, during World War I. A line of relaxed cavalrymen are crossing a small, narrow bridge. The wintry landscape is clearly visible. Two foot soldiers sit with their jerry cans and watch the cavalry pass. A crucifix at the side of the road has been re-erected, possibly for this photograph, amidst the bombed-out landscape. When war broke out in 1914, there was as yet no tested and effective alternative to using cavalry in war. It was not until later in World War I that tanks began to be introduced. By the Second World War cavalry was all but redundant. [Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. Cavalry crossing a temporary bridge.’]

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About Fionnuala Barrett

I am a master's student of nineteenth-century English literature at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. For the WW1C project I have been overseeing the @Arras95 live-tweeting project, as well as researching resources to add to the project library.
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