A single British soldier standing in a huge crater of rubble with the ruined buildings of a village or town in the background. This is identified by the name Courcelles but there are several villages of that name in the area of the Western Front. Possibly the most likely is Courcelles le Comte, south of Arras. Both sides in the war used miners to tunnel below enemy positions and set explosive charges. Sometimes large-scale mine explosions were timed to coordinate with an infantry attack.
Original reads: ‘View of Courcelles showing the mine crater in centre of cross roads.’
The Battle of Arras 9th April to 16th May 1917
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