H.M. [the King] leaving an observation post on Vimy Ridge | National Library of Scotland

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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.’

Original URL: http://digital.nls.uk/first-world-war-official-photographs/pageturner.cfm?id=74547164

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About Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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