Arras – ‘Boche left neither line nor sleepers’ | National Library of Scotland

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A line of British soldiers climbing up the embankment where, according to the original caption, the Moyenneville railway track had been removed by the Germans. Moyenneville was one of the small villages south of Arras and, by removing the rails and sleepers the Germans were delaying the immediate use of the line by the Allies to move troops and supplies. The telephone/telegraph wire also appear to have been cut and removed.

Original reads: ‘View of the railway track at Moyenneville. The Boche left neither line nor sleepers.’

The Battle of Arras 9th April to 16th May 1917

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Kate Lindsay, University of Oxford is the Director of World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings. She is also the Manager for Education Enhancement at Academic IT where she also led the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and public engagement initiative Great War Archive. She has eight years experience of in-depth work on World War I digital archives and educational curricula. Kate has a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, combined with an MSc in Information Systems from the University for Sheffield, and an MSc in Educational Research from the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in womens' experience of War and the representation of the First World War in popular culture.
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