This image shows a number of cavalrymen travelling in single file so each can react immediately. They are winding their way across a flat expanse of grass-covered land with little or no track. All of the men are wearing steel helmets and are heavily laden with equipment. One pack horse can be seen being led by a mounted cavalryman, this is probably carrying the Hotchkiss machine gun issued to these units.
Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. Attack south of Arras. Cavalry moving forward’.
The Battle of Arras 9th April to 16th May 1917.
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