Three soldiers are on a muddy ridge, one standing and looking through binoculars and two sitting down another stands at the base of the mound. They are looking over the trenches into the distance where plumes of shell smoke can be seen. Whilst many of the images were deliberately taken as propaganda, some, like these, simply document the experience of war.
Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. Tommies watching the shelling near Wancourt.’
The Battle of Arras 9th April to 16th May 1917
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