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.’
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