Arras – Cavalry moving forward | National Library of Scotland

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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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About Everett Sharp

Everett Sharp is a subject expert on the World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings project. He has worked for the University of Oxford on a series of other First World War Projects including the Great War Archive and First World War Poetry Digital Archive. He is also currently working for the Europeana 1914-1918 initiative with the Oxford. His retirement in 2009 didn't go quite according to plan!
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