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Allied soldiers push bicycles through the muddy street of a ruined village. Cycles were commonly used during World War I, both for specialists, such as messengers, but also to move small groups of men quickly.The early war plans for local reconnaissance was obviously too dangerous; plans that were more based upon the Edwardians craze for the bicycle than the realities of the battlefield.

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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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