The taking of Vimy Ridge was hailed as a great victory; here His Majesty the King has come to inspect the battlefield and presumably offer congratulations. Vimy Ridge was an important area of high ground. Before its capture, the Germans had been able to observe all movement in the British rear and direct artillery fire onto targets by sight; with its capture, the position was reversed and the British were able to set up their own observation posts to dominate the German lines of communication over the Douai plain.
Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. H.M. leaving an observation post on Vimy Ridge.’
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