Arras – Tommies crossing the River Scarpe | National Library of Scotland

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The bridge appears to be partly broken and they are crossing on planks across to the near bank. A flat-bottomed punt in the foreground may be being put in position to form part of a pontoon bridge. The Scarpe is a river which rises to the north-west of Arras and flows south past the town.

Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. Tommies crossing the Scarpe.’

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

Original URL: http://digital.nls.uk/first-world-war-official-photographs/pageturner.cfm?id=74549332

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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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