Arras – Officers in a wrecked house | National Library of Scotland

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Five officers gathered together in the remains of a house destroyed by German artillery. As Arras was located immediately behind the Allied front line the town’s civilians were evacuated once the two trench lines became established. Since the town was under continuous bombardment throughout the conflict many of the 12,000 Allied troops who were stationed here lived deep underground prior to the 9th April 1917 in a gigantic network of caves and tunnels.

Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. Some officers in a wrecked house.’

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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