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The Great War, National Library of Schotland

World War I Images From National Library of SchotlandCreated by: PICRYLDated: 1914
King George V and Allied commanders, France, during World War I
World War I (WWI or WW1), also known as the First World War, or the Great War, was a global war centred in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918. World War I Images From National Library of Schotland.
These photographs form part of the papers of Field Marshal (Earl) Haig (1861-1928), held by the National Library of Scotland. More information is available from the Library's Digital Archive.

Like many World War I generals, Haig remains a controversial figure. The collection contains diaries, papers and photographs from every part of Haig’s career, the Great War diaries being of special importance to historians.

Photographs in the "Official Photographs" series (which were destined for publication and have captions on the back describing the image) are in black-and-white. World War I saw the development of a system of 'official’ reporting by professionals especially recruited into the forces. Initially reluctant to allow cameras near the fighting, it took some time for the authorities to appreciate the propaganda and recording potential of photography.

These photographs provide us with an invaluable record of how the Government and Military wanted the war perceived. Official photographers were encouraged to record morale-boosting scenes of victory and comradeship. Despite the restrictions placed on them, official war photographers succeeded in giving the most comprehensive visual account of the war. It is important to remember that these images were propaganda; few that could depict the war in a disheartening or disconcerting way passed the censors. As a result the photograph taken was often posed. They were intended to reassure those at home and boost morale. They were printed in newspapers, and were intended to confirm that 'Tommy' was winning the war.
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King & Queen and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales

King & Queen and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales

King George V, Queen Mary and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, taken during a visit to the Western Front in France. They are positioned in front of a large brick building with French windows. The King and Queen are ... More

Tommy enjoys possession of newly captured Hun trench

Tommy enjoys possession of newly captured Hun trench

British soldiers at the old German Front Line, during World War I. In front of a mound and standing in a network of trenches are groups of soldiers, mostly smiling and laughing. They are all wearing large ponch... More

Heavy gun in action

Heavy gun in action

Australian soldiers in action, Western Front, during World War I. This photograph of Australian troops shows four or five teams of horses racing towards a field gun. Each team consists of six horses pulling wha... More

Paddy, a gassed case

Paddy, a gassed case

Bandaged dog that worked in the front line trenches, in France, during World War I. With bandages on all four paws, this dog - called 'Paddy' - carried out a range of hazardous duties in a front line trench, de... More

Navvy battalion at work round the Virgin of Montauban, Flanders

Navvy battalion at work round the Virgin of Montauban, Flanders

Destruction at the village of Montaubau, France. About thirty men stand on the mound of rubble, grouped around the statue of the Virgin Mary. Poignantly, the statue has been hit in the shoulder by a bullet. It ... More

Our men going up with coils of wire for lining up new positions

Our men going up with coils of wire for lining up new positions

Four men with coils of wire or cable make their way along a duckboard path. They are moving across extremely rough and uneven ground. The wire they are carrying has been rolled onto large reels attached to a sh... More

Muddy wheels of an ammunition cart, Flanders

Muddy wheels of an ammunition cart, Flanders

Four soldiers sitting on the axles of a gun- or ammunition-limber. The wheels of the limber are heavily covered in thick mud and it is possible that it had just been pulled out of the mud after being stuck. Mud... More

South African munition workers

South African munition workers

Officers and South African civilians, during World War I. Two civilians sit in the back of the car and two officers sit in the front. Another officer stands behind the car while two other civilians stand in fro... More

Canadian officers examining German machine guns

Canadian officers examining German machine guns

Canadian officers with captured German weapons, during World War I. Canadian officers are pictured with a vast array of captured German weapons, laid out in rank and file order rather like an army battalion. Su... More

Funeral of Major General Ugo Bagnani, Italian Army who died on the 7th February while attached to the Armies in France

Funeral of Major General Ugo Bagnani, Italian Army who died on the 7th...

A walkway lined with uniformed troops is being traversed by pall-bearers and a coffin. The coffin is draped with a flag and most of the troops have bowed heads. The snowy churchyard and two elderly civilians ar... More

Making a new railway track, Flanders

Making a new railway track, Flanders

Laying new railway lines, France. Individual gangs of men are laying new railway sleepers alongside four existing lines. A man is crossing the line to pick up more sleepers from a large pile on the right of the... More

Mascot of the Royal Scots, Flanders

Mascot of the Royal Scots, Flanders

A young soldier of the Royal Scots Regiment holding a black goat kid. As the French farmers were forced to flee their homes many animals were inevitably abandoned. Some undoubtedly ended up in the cooking pot, ... More

Sentry in the front line in the Ypres salient, Flanders

Sentry in the front line in the Ypres salient, Flanders

This photograph shows a solitary sentry in a trench, beside a ruined corrugated iron Nissen hut. The original caption places this in the Ypres Salient, a bulge in the Allied front line around the town of Ypres.... More

Rescued calf from near the Front line, Flanders

Rescued calf from near the Front line, Flanders

A man holding a calf. According to the original caption, the calf has been rescued from the front line. The man holding it is standing on a cart positioned in front of a building. Three other uniformed men are ... More

Searching for water holes in the ice, Flanders

Searching for water holes in the ice, Flanders

Royal Engineer looking for water, Western Front, during World War I. The original caption identifies this man as a Royal Engineer, although in the photograph he is wearing a woolly hat and does not look very mi... More

Prime Minister of New Zealand examining a British machine

Prime Minister of New Zealand examining a British machine

William Massey, Prime Minister of New Zealand, being shown a British biplane. Standing next to him, smoking a cigar, is Sir Joseph Ward, Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand. They are surrounded by a small grou... More

Nissen hut makes a splendid hospital ward

Nissen hut makes a splendid hospital ward

Inside a Nissen hut converted into a hospital ward. The bowed ceiling is lined with wood and a long rug runs the length of the hut, possibly laid for the benefit of the Queen's visit. Beds line both sides, with... More

Men of the K.O.Y.L.I. playing cards, Flanders

Men of the K.O.Y.L.I. playing cards, Flanders

Soldiers are playing a relaxing game of cards. Positioned in a circle round the cards, they are stretched out on the ground. A small pile of money has been placed in the middle. One soldier looks over his shoul... More

Free coffee and biscuits any time day or night, Flanders

Free coffee and biscuits any time day or night, Flanders

Soldiers standing by a roadside. They are outside a makeshift coffee stall, and most of the men in the photograph are drinking out of metal cups. The group also includes three men sitting on their horses. Anoth... More

French and British transport, Flanders

French and British transport, Flanders

French and British transport units pass each other on a crowded road. The French, easily identified by their paler uniforms and ridged steel helmets, are on the left. On the right, a British transport cart is b... More

H.M. presenting decorations

H.M. presenting decorations

King George V pinning a decoration to the jacket of a uniformed man. They are standing outside a building on a gravel drive. The decorations have been placed on a small table to the left of the King. One man is... More

Gunners round a captured German gun, Flanders

Gunners round a captured German gun, Flanders

Gunners sitting behind a captured big gun. They are all aware of the photographer, most likely John Warwick Brooke, and are looking towards him. The men are in uniform and most are wearing steel helmets. Often ... More

Y.M.C.A. car full of beauty, Flanders

Y.M.C.A. car full of beauty, Flanders

Four women are sitting in a vintage car with another woman sitting behind the wheel. The women are all well dressed with jackets and hats and are looking at the camera. They seem relaxed but only three of them ... More

King visits the men who man the tanks at the Front

King visits the men who man the tanks at the Front

King George V visiting tank crews at the Front, in France, during World War I. In the photograph, King George V is on the right of the leading group of officers, in military uniform. Haig appears to be in the f... More

War messenger dog in the front area swimming across a canal to reach its master and deliver a message

War messenger dog in the front area swimming across a canal to reach i...

Messenger dog paddling across a canal to reach its handler, in France, during World War I. The dog pictured swimming across this canal worked as a messenger dog in the front line. Scrolled up messages in waterp... More

Handley-Pages setting out to bomb the Germans

Handley-Pages setting out to bomb the Germans

Handley-Page bombers on a mission, Western Front, during World War I. This photograph is attributed to Tom Aitken. The photographer had clearly been taken in one of the bombers as this photograph has been shot ... More

Up in the air in a Handley-Page, showing another Handley-Page making for the enemy's lines

Up in the air in a Handley-Page, showing another Handley-Page making f...

Handley-Page bombers on a mission, Western Front, during World War I. This photograph, which appears to have been taken from the cabin of a Handley-Page bomber, is attributed to Tom Aitken. It shows another Han... More

Fixing fuses on Stokes Mortars, Flanders

Fixing fuses on Stokes Mortars, Flanders

Eight men, watched by an officer, are setting fuses into Stokes mortar bombs. The man in the centre of the group is displaying one of the mortar bombs and a crate open at his feet is packed with three more. Cra... More

Grande Place in Bethune showing the clock tower in the foreground and the church tower in the background

Grande Place in Bethune showing the clock tower in the foreground and ...

Bethune town centre with its clock tower and shell-damaged buildings, France, during World War I. The shell damage that was caused to the Picardie town of Bethune, during the fighting that took place as part of... More

Gunner writing a letter home, Flanders

Gunner writing a letter home, Flanders

A man sits on some rough wooden planks, next to a pile of sandbags, and smokes a pipe as he concentrates on writing. In the background another man, also busy writing, has noticed the photographer and pauses to ... More

I would like to borrow your coat old chap, Flanders

I would like to borrow your coat old chap, Flanders

Two soldiers, one wearing a huge fur jacket, during World War I. This ray of humour and friendship in an otherwise bleak and depressing landscape is unfortunately unatrributable to any one war photographer. The... More

H.M. watching a trench mortar bombardment

H.M. watching a trench mortar bombardment

King George V and his entourage watching a trench mortar bombardment. They are all in uniform and are standing with their backs to the camera. The King is most likely the figure standing in front, furthest from... More

H.M. walking through Peronne

H.M. walking through Peronne

King George V and his entourage walking through a street in Peronne, France. The King is walking at the front of the group, with a uniformed man on either side. All of the men, including the King, are in unifor... More

Australians off up to the trenches

Australians off up to the trenches

Troops marching along a muddy road in France, during World War I. According to the existing caption they are Australian. They are all heavily laden with arms and equipment. Some of the men have noticed the came... More

R.H.A. going into action at the gallop

R.H.A. going into action at the gallop

This photograph shows gun teams of the Royal Horse Artillery going into action. The field gun is pulled by a team of three pairs of horses, with one rider to each pair. An officer rides in front. Another team a... More

Railway trucks under which a communication trench is dug, Flanders

Railway trucks under which a communication trench is dug, Flanders

Communications trench, Western Front, during World War I. A well-constructed communications trench. It has been dug to a depth of around two metres and the sides lined with horizontal poles, which are held in p... More

Artillery stripped trees and a signboard pointing the way for pack transport

Artillery stripped trees and a signboard pointing the way for pack tra...

The photographer has managed to produce, with careful use of composition and light, this startling and memorable image. The otherworldliness of this ravaged landscape, shrouded in clouds of dust or smoke, leave... More

Natives of Manipur are greatly interested in the workings of a motor

Natives of Manipur are greatly interested in the workings of a motor

A motorcar is parked to the left of the picture and is sitting with both sides of its bonnet open. There is a British soldier in the car, busy with the controls. Two Manipur soldiers are kneeling in front of th... More

Prince of Wales inspecting a battalion in France

Prince of Wales inspecting a battalion in France

This image shows the Prince of Wales taking part in the inspection of a battalion. The troops behind him are all standing to attention, with their rifles propped over their left shoulders. Although there to ins... More

Messenger dog with its handler, in France, during World War I

Messenger dog with its handler, in France, during World War I

Messenger dog with its handler, in France, during World War I. This collie dog worked as a messenger in the front line under constant gunfire. A scrolled up message can be seen attached to the dogs collar. Dogs... More

Portuguese entering a gas trench

Portuguese entering a gas trench

At the bottom right corner of the photograph is the entrance to a trench. It doesn't look very deep and is supported by sandbags up its sides. The background is dominated by the side of a steep hill. This is gr... More

Tommy inspecting the grave of one of our fallen heroes

Tommy inspecting the grave of one of our fallen heroes

A British soldier kneeling next to a grave. The grave is marked by a small white cross adorned with flowers. The name on the cross is 'KNOWLES.' After the war, each country established its own War Graves Commis... More

Signaller with his instruments makes himself a comfortable seat in an old bath tub

Signaller with his instruments makes himself a comfortable seat in an ...

This photograph shows a signaller using an old wooden tub as a seat. Beside him, he has his field telephone, the wire of which can just be seen. At the beginning of the war, the wires were laid on the surface, ... More

Women at Boulogne station, France, probably December 1918

Women at Boulogne station, France, probably December 1918

Women, accompanied by French and British officers, waiting at a gateway on the station platform at Boulogne. Most of the women are in uniform but two, standing slightly apart from the others and clearly accompa... More

Three of the funny men who greatly amuse the men from the trenches

Three of the funny men who greatly amuse the men from the trenches

Three actors are posing at the front of the composition and looking into the camera. The character on the left has a painted face. The gentleman in the middle is wearing 'civvies' and his companion on the right... More

Gas sentry writes a field postcard to his folks at home

Gas sentry writes a field postcard to his folks at home

A soldier on sentry duty beside a ruined building is leaning against the wall writing a card. There is a notice saying 'Gas Alert' nailed on the wall of the building. Clearly there is no immediate danger of gas... More

Few of the American nurses in France

Few of the American nurses in France

Nurses, stretching from one side of the photograph to the other, are milling around in front of the camera. They are all wearing long white dresses and neat square caps with their hair tied back except for two ... More

Temporary bridge over the Somme built by our troops, Flanders

Temporary bridge over the Somme built by our troops, Flanders

A temporary bridge built over the River Somme. Using wooden planks and a fairly complex system of ropes, the soldiers have managed to build a sturdy bridge. A group of soldiers, fully armed and equipped, are mo... More

Cavalry

Cavalry

Photographs depicting cavalry...digital.nls.uk/75206933 ( http://digital.nls.uk/75206933 )

Havoc caused by our guns at Serre, Flanders

Havoc caused by our guns at Serre, Flanders

The devastated remains of a factory. The damage was most likely caused by shellfire. Unfortunately the original caption does not tell us exactly what this building once housed. It does, however, admit that the ... More

Heavy armoured cars ready to go up 15/9/16

Heavy armoured cars ready to go up 15/9/16

Four tanks and their crews. Judging by the collection of fuel cans, holes in the ground, shovels, canvas sheets and the tent, it would appear that this is a tank camp. The combination of heat and fumes meant th... More

Royal visits

Royal visits

Photographs of royal visits to the Western Front. Royal visits were seen as an important way of boosting morale...digital.nls.uk/75201717 ( http://digital.nls.uk/75201717 )

Waiting to receive Lt. General Pershing Chief of American Expeditionary Force [-] Admiral Ronach

Waiting to receive Lt. General Pershing Chief of American Expeditionar...

Admiral Ronarc'h of the French Navy awaiting the arrival of Lieutenant General Pershing. Behind the Admiral a small brass band waits patiently, ready to welcome the Chief of the American Expeditionary Force. Th... More

Two little girls that only just escaped death by a few yards

Two little girls that only just escaped death by a few yards

A soldier walking along a road with two little girls. He is holding their hands in a protective manner. Both of the girls have been given steel helmets to wear. They are both looking into the camera. The soldie... More

Machine-gun position which is holding the Germans

Machine-gun position which is holding the Germans

British machine-gun position, France, during World War I. There were at least 16 permanent appointments of official war photographers made after 1916. These positions were created in 1916 to gather propaganda i... More

Howitzer firing, Flanders

Howitzer firing, Flanders

Howitzer gun firing, Messines, Belgium, 1917. This image shows a Howitzer gun being fired. The scene is shrouded in smoke or mist and there is a shell lying in the foreground. The British-designed Howitzer was ... More

British cavalry passing the ruins of Albert cathedral, France, during World War I

British cavalry passing the ruins of Albert cathedral, France, during ...

British cavalry passing the ruins of Albert cathedral, France, during World War I. World War I provided endless striking subjects for a photographer as skilled as Tom Aitken. There is something very funereal ab... More

Captured Boche plane on its way to one of our aviation depots

Captured Boche plane on its way to one of our aviation depots

Six uniformed men in overcoats sit on the edge of a trailer. Strapped to the trailer is a captured German aeroplane, painted with the number '8'. The wings have either been detached for transporting or damaged ... More

Diving competition

Diving competition

A man jumping off a makeshift diving board into a river. This diving event is part of a larger swimming competition, organised by the Cavalry. On the opposite river bank there are a number of spectators, both s... More

Dragons ready for the dragon fight

Dragons ready for the dragon fight

Troops watching Chinese dragon ceremonies, Western Front, France, during World War I. This shows some members of the Chinese Labour Corps carrying two huge paper dragons with large decorated heads and long snak... More

Competitors in the Section jumping, Flanders

Competitors in the Section jumping, Flanders

three cavalrymen taking part in a horse show. They are competing in the jumping section. Behind them, on the horizon, there is a large crowd of spectators. Often at events of this nature local people would also... More

All that is left of a road in the Lens area

All that is left of a road in the Lens area

Soldiers is walking along a roadway beside the ruins of a fairly large village or town, identified in the original caption as being near Lens. Lens, which was occupied by the Germans for much of the war, was in... More

All that is left of a sugar refinery, Flanders

All that is left of a sugar refinery, Flanders

This image is one of many that captures the devastation caused to buildings and the disruption to everyday life which resulted. This lifeless and ruined scene is copied across many of the images in different si... More

Area flooded by the Germans now used as a watering place

Area flooded by the Germans now used as a watering place

Cavalry crossing a flooded stretch of ground. According to the photograph's original caption it has been flooded by the Germans. It is possibly farmland they are travelling through, although with the flooding i... More

After the War

After the War

Photographs taken after November 1918...digital.nls.uk/75201640 ( http://digital.nls.uk/75201640 )

Funeral of Mr. Basset, distinguished dramatist and war correspondent, Flanders

Funeral of Mr. Basset, distinguished dramatist and war correspondent, ...

Funeral of Monsieur Basset, playwright and journalist, on the Western Front, June or July 1917. On the way to the cemetery. A row of six horses, walking in pairs, with soldiers riding the three nearest to the ... More

Two big dug-outs in the snow, Flanders

Two big dug-outs in the snow, Flanders

Given their relative size, the two above-ground dugouts in this photograph would have been located somewhere behind the front line. The two protruding items at the end of each dugout look like chimneys. ..Stric... More

Two joking soldiers closely inspecting a container, Flanders

Two joking soldiers closely inspecting a container, Flanders

Two soldiers, standing on whalebone-like sheets of corrugated iron, inspecting a container that previously held alcohol. The second image in a pair, the first photograph shows the soldier on the right drinking ... More

Signal station - using daylight lamp, Flanders

Signal station - using daylight lamp, Flanders

Signal station using a daylight lamp to send messages, during World War I. The signal station shown in this photograph would probably have used an encrypted form of Morse code to transmit messages. The soldier ... More

Wash and brush up in the swamps of the Somme

Wash and brush up in the swamps of the Somme

Soldiers have been photographed washing at the edge of a flooded field or marsh in the Somme. The mud up to the thighs on their trousers shows how wet the conditions were in the trenches. These men are cheerful... More

Artillerymen carrying shells to the gun through the snow, Flanders

Artillerymen carrying shells to the gun through the snow, Flanders

Despite the appalling weather conditions, the job of carrying artillery shells to feed the hungry guns continued apace. The only positive factor about adverse weather conditions such as this were that they ofte... More

Although the Germans shell this area every day it does not dissuade this French peasant from attending to his crops

Although the Germans shell this area every day it does not dissuade th...

French farmer ploughing, Western Front, Spring 1918. This photograph is an evocative symbol of hope. Framed in the doorway of a ruined building, a British soldier is watching a French farmer as he breaks up a ... More

Aerial photograph, Lombartzyde, Belgium, 1917

Aerial photograph, Lombartzyde, Belgium, 1917

This is a copy of an aerial photograph. The annotations show that it covers the area of marshy coastland near the Belgian village of Lombartzyde. The numbers below the north arrow identify the flight and give t... More

All is quiet on our front

All is quiet on our front

Wooden duckboards snake across a field behind a sandbag and barbed wire wall. The entrance to a dugout is just visible on the edge of the photo. Groups of soldiers are standing in the outcrops with aimed rifles... More

Georges Clemenceau and General Sir H. Rawlinson walking through the main street of a town recently recaptured from the Germans

Georges Clemenceau and General Sir H. Rawlinson walking through the ma...

French President, Georges Clemenceau, and General Sir Henry Rawlinson, France. Three rows of troops are lined up for inspection beside a row of blown out and collapsed houses. In front of them walk a line of of... More

Canadian Corps heavy artillery in action

Canadian Corps heavy artillery in action

A Canadian field gun crew bombarding enemy lines. The force of the explosion as the shells are fired is indicated by the cloud of dust surrounding the guns and the recoiling posture of two of the gunners. The s... More

Canaries who live aboard Ambulance Train to cheer wounded with song

Canaries who live aboard Ambulance Train to cheer wounded with song

Two nurses and their canaries posed by their train, France, during World War I. This photograph was taken at an angle down the side of the train. As a result the image is dominated by overpowering dark metal-sh... More

Clearing away mud on the Somme, Flanders

Clearing away mud on the Somme, Flanders

Two soldiers standing knee deep in liquid mud in a trench on the Somme. They have bowl-shaped shovels with long handles, which they are using to try and scoop away some of the mud. It must have been backbreaki... More

Cleaning up German trenches at St. Pierre Divion, Flanders

Cleaning up German trenches at St. Pierre Divion, Flanders

In the foreground a group of British soldiers are sorting through equipment abandoned in the trenches by the Germans when St Pierre Divion was captured. One soldier has three rifles slung on his shoulder, anoth... More

Building a road to their camp, Flanders

Building a road to their camp, Flanders

According to the original caption these men are building a road. On the right of the photograph, a group of men are breaking up rocks using pickaxes. The rocks are then being loaded onto carts. Most of the men ... More

Effect of shell fire, Flanders

Effect of shell fire, Flanders

Signal box in ruins, Western Front, during World War I. Two soldiers digging out the rubble of a railway signal box. As the original caption notes, the levers and chains of the mechanism remain intact. It would... More

Dinner time on the Ancre, Flanders

Dinner time on the Ancre, Flanders

Soldiers, apparently near the Front, getting fed from mobile army kitchens. In the background men are lining up for their ration, while in the foreground others are sitting or standing and eating soup or stew f... More

Dog delivering a message, a shell hole being used as a temporary post

Dog delivering a message, a shell hole being used as a temporary post

Messenger dog bringing a message to soldiers in a shell hole in France, during World War I. A dog-handler unfastening the collar of a messenger dog, so as to read the message that has been sent to his unit. Scr... More

Inspection of the Guards by H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught

Inspection of the Guards by H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught

The Duke of Connaught waiting to inspect troops as they march past. The long line of troops is being led by a small band of pipers and drummers. The Duke of Connaught is sitting on his horse at the side of the ... More

Huge stack of provisions being loaded into trains, Flanders

Huge stack of provisions being loaded into trains, Flanders

Loading food supplies on a train, Western Front, during World War I. This photograph shows men loading crates of food into a train. One man is standing on a huge stack of crates, sliding boxes down a makeshift ... More

H.M. the King of Montenegro watches an aeroplane flight

H.M. the King of Montenegro watches an aeroplane flight

King Nikola I Petrovich of Montenegro (1860-1918) has been photographed by John Warwick Brooke standing with two officers beside a small fighter plane. The pilot stands near the propeller. Another group of men ... More

H.M. and the King of the Belgians leaving the latter's house

H.M. and the King of the Belgians leaving the latter's house

King George V, on the left, and King Albert I of Belgium walking along a brick pathway. The path is bordered by what appears to be sand and sea grass. According to the photograph's original caption, they are ju... More

Officers resting in corner on wrecked building, Flanders

Officers resting in corner on wrecked building, Flanders

Three officers are sitting amongst the rubble of a ruined building. All three men are smoking cigarettes and look fairly relaxed. In front of them there is a belt of bullets lying amidst the debris. .. Although... More

Air raid damage done at one of the hospitals of the St. John's Ambulance Association

Air raid damage done at one of the hospitals of the St. John's Ambulan...

A wooden hut has its sides and roof blown out. The beds and linen contained within have been strewn about the room in a jumbled mess. There is a patient sitting on one of the beds and in the background a group ... More

Railway engine in difficulties

Railway engine in difficulties

Railway engine, during World War I. A group of soldiers stand around a large railway engine. Some of them hold spades, while others are lined up next to the engine. More soldiers stand on the embankment, ready... More

Signallers inside headquarters of R.E.S.S. in France, during World War I

Signallers inside headquarters of R.E.S.S. in France, during World War...

Two signals engineers hard at work on the companys phone system, in a room just like the inside of a telephone exchange. Judging by the numerous lines and large quantity of equipment in the room, this HQ certai... More

Station Square, Arras

Station Square, Arras

Destroyed buildings at Arras, France, during World War I. The picture is of what was once a terrace of town houses. Although the structure of the houses still remains much of the cladding has been blown away. T... More

Shell bursting on front line trench, Flanders

Shell bursting on front line trench, Flanders

Shell exploding at the Front, France. It can be seen in the distance, through rows of barbed wire stretching across no-man's-land. The ground is snow covered. ..Whilst many images were deliberately taken as pro... More

Cavalry patrol

Cavalry patrol

A cavalryman sitting on his horse on a ridge. Man and horse are black, outlined against a cloudy sky. This photograph is symbolic of the last days of the use of cavalry in European warfare. Trench warfare and t... More

Cavalry patrols advancing over open country near Mory

Cavalry patrols advancing over open country near Mory

Cavalry advancing briskly over very flat countryside. Each man holds the reins in his left hand keeping his right hand free for his lance. Cavalry patrols could cover the ground quickly, but each horse presente... More

Active service stable

Active service stable

A rather primitive form of outdoor stable with a soldier grooming a horse. With no stable roof to protect the horses from adverse weather, it is likely that the horses were not in a good physical state, as illu... More

Few kilometres behind our line, Flanders

Few kilometres behind our line, Flanders

A convoy of soldiers and horse-drawn carts moving through a ruined French town or village. The surrounding scene is one of devastation. The ground is muddy and strewn with debris. The church in the background h... More

Scene at a big gun park, Flanders

Scene at a big gun park, Flanders

A number of big guns 'parked' on a wooden platform in the middle of a field. A group of men are inspecting them. In the corner of the field there are more guns, covered with tarpaulins. The surrounding countrys... More

View of Gommecourt Chateau, Flanders

View of Gommecourt Chateau, Flanders

All that remains of Gommecourt Chteau. The top of an archway or window is barely visible on the left, and a small section of the outer wall remains standing. The rest of the chteau has been completely destroyed... More

British advance in the west, Flanders

British advance in the west, Flanders

soldiers stand next to a large gun, on an extremely muddy road. A vehicle, possibly for pulling the gun, stands just off to the right. The scene also includes a few men on bicycles in the foreground, and a lon... More

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