Part of the wire entanglements in front of the Hindenburg line | National Library of Scotland

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In late 1916 and early 1917, the German army retreated from the Somme battlefields to pre-prepared defensive positions known to the British as the Hindenburg line. The new defences started south of Arras. This photograph shows a belt of barbed wire defending one of the Hindenburg positions; in many cases, three or four such belts covered the approach to each trench line.

Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. Part of the wire entanglements in front of the Hindenburg line.’

Original URL: http://digital.nls.uk/first-world-war-official-photographs/pageturner.cfm?id=74548142

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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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