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.
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