A snow-covered British working party, pausing for the camera before they move off. They are all wearing steel helmets and many of them are holding shovels. They are all standing on a muddy road in front of a brick building.
Snow was falling on the morning of 9th April 1917, helping to mask the opening of the Arras offensive from the Germans. This working party must have followed shortly after the first advance to consolidate newly-captured positions, as more seasonal weather soon returned.
Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. Snow-spattered Tommies. A working party following up the recent advance on the Scarpe.’
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