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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