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A group of floating heads have all turned to look into the camera. The men are all at different angles and poses, not only giving the scene a sense of spontaneity but also suggesting the soldiers have been disturbed from their sport. The men all look happy and relaxed with a few cheeky grins being revealed for the shot. Given the supply problems and the horrendous living-conditions at the Front this was probably the most convenient and enjoyable way to keep clean.

Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. Troops in France taking a dip near Arras.’

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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