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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

Hun humour

Hun humour

Political graffiti, Western Front, during World War I. The wall of a ruined building, which is covered in graffiti. To the left it reads, ' ..ier gehts fur Kaiser und Reich' which could be translated as 'For ... more

Rescued calf from near the Front line

Rescued calf from near the Front line

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

Ever resourceful Tommy

Ever resourceful Tommy

Soldier collecting snow to melt for water, Western Front. In this photograph, a British soldier is shown filling a small mess tin with snow. The original caption explains that he was about to melt the snow to g... more

Effect of shell fire

Effect of shell fire

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

Refugees on the road back

Refugees on the road back

This photograph shows a long line of refugees extending far back along the road to the left. They are accompanied by French troops. There are few men among the civilians. In German-occupied areas some men were ... more

Member of the first Aid nursing Yeomanry oiling her car

Member of the first Aid nursing Yeomanry oiling her car

A young woman in a coat or overall and with her hair hidden by a scarf, is refilling oil in her car engine. The car was made by D. Napier and son, the leading British manufacturer before the war. In 1905, Napie... more

Mascot of the Royal Scots

Mascot of the Royal Scots

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

Type of German prisoner captured in the new push

Type of German prisoner captured in the new push

German prisoner, during World War I. He is wearing a cloth or wool cap and a tunic style jacket. His spectacles, held on by 'ear-bands', reflect the scene in front of him. The closeness of the subject forces on... more

Locomotive abandoned in front of Thiepval

Locomotive abandoned in front of Thiepval

This photograph is from a French postcard printed in Paris. It shows the ruined village of Thiepval, in the northern Somme area. Two soldiers, possibly French, are looking at an abandoned engine which may have ... 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

Temporary bridge over the Somme built by our troops

Temporary bridge over the Somme built by our troops

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

Transport bringing up ammunition

Transport bringing up ammunition

Team of horses transporting ammunition at night, France. This image shows a horse-drawn carriage moving along a road at night. There are four horses with two men controlling them, and one man sitting on the car... more

Tea time on newly taken ground

Tea time on newly taken ground

Soldiers resting at Messines Ridge, Belgium, 1917. Uniformed men, many of whom are sitting or lying on the ground relaxing. A lot of the soldiers have noticed the camera and are looking toward it and smiling. T... more

Stripped gunners at work loading a big gun

Stripped gunners at work loading a big gun

This photograph shows a heavy gun in position, partly camouflaged by trees and netting. Two of the crew are using a small hoist to lift one of the shells onto the gun platform, ready to load. By the end of the ... more

Distant view of Mametz showing battered German trenches in foreground

Distant view of Mametz showing battered German trenches in foreground

German trenches near Mametz, France, during World War I. The picture is dominated by a snaking trench and its surrounding barricades. The trench is a scene of chaos. In the distance the rest of the battlefield ... more

Discussion behind the line

Discussion behind the line

Two soldiers standing chatting to one another. Although they are in uniform, and fully armed and equipped, the scene is un-posed and informal. The man on the left is holding a brush in his left arm. The country... more

Damaged aeroplane arriving at an R.A.F.Depot for examination and repair

Damaged aeroplane arriving at an R.A.F.Depot for examination and repai...

This photograph shows a crane loading a wrecked aeroplane on a lorry. The rudder of the plane is painted with three vertical stripes, which would have been red, white and blue. This replaced the Union Flag on p... more

Cavalry

Cavalry

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CrossRoads at St Eloi

CrossRoads at St Eloi

Aerial photograph, St Eloi, near Ypres, Belgium, 12 March 1916. This aerial photograph shows trench lines and shell damage in the area around St Eloi, near the Ypres salient. Trench lines can be seen as long, i... more

Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry

Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry

Durham Light Infantry, Western Front (?), during World War I. This photograph shows the men of a battalion of the Durham Light Infantry holding their steel helmets up on their rifles. As it is undated it is not... more

General view of Lens taken from one of our outposts who are continually pushing forward

General view of Lens taken from one of our outposts who are continuall...

The destruction and devastation at Lens, France. Without the caption it would be impossible to tell this was a town. The ground is a mass of bricks and wood. The only structures left standing are a brick wall, ... more

Free coffee and biscuits any time day or night

Free coffee and biscuits any time day or night

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

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

Fixing fuses on Stokes Mortars

Fixing fuses on Stokes Mortars

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

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

British, French and American soldiers seated with W.A.A.C.s on the sands watching French kiddies building sand castles

British, French and American soldiers seated with W.A.A.C.s on the san...

Soldiers and WAACs watching French children playing in the sand, in France, during World War I. This photograph brings together men, women and children from several countries, as they relax in their deckchairs ... 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

Fixing the cover for the engine

Fixing the cover for the engine

Soldiers working on the framework of a roof to cover a steam traction engine, which is used in an open-air sawmill. Though the photographs original caption does not say what this cover is for, it could be eithe... 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

Heavy howitzer in action near Ypres

Heavy howitzer in action near Ypres

The picture is facing the same way as the gun is aiming and as a result the engineering of the gun is clearly visible. In the background the bombed out cottages can also be seen...Howitzer's had a high angle of... more

Holding the front line on the edge of a mine crater

Holding the front line on the edge of a mine crater

Soldiers are standing in a crater made by a mine. The man in the foreground is about to fire a Lewis machine gun. The Lewis gun, weighing 29 pounds (13.1 kilos), was a relatively light machine gun, useful when ... more

Effect of a direct hit on a tree

Effect of a direct hit on a tree

Shell-torn tree, France, during World War I. This photograph shows a tree that has been blown apart by a shell. The trunk has been totally shredded and is a graphic illustration of the destructive power of the ... more

Raiding party waiting for the word to go

Raiding party waiting for the word to go

This 'all action' photograph is thought to be the work of John Warwick Brooke. This image lacks the organisation and sanitisation of most other propaganda photographs, suggesting that it may not have been stage... more

Expeditionary Force canteen

Expeditionary Force canteen

Spanish officers at the Expeditionary Force canteen, France. Seven officers are crowded onto the veranda of a wooden hut. The sign above the veranda says that this is Canteen No 6- the Veterinary Hospital. The ... more

Enormous crowd at the commemoration on Tempelhofer Feld

Enormous crowd at the commemoration on Tempelhofer Feld

Funeral of victims of the revolution, Berlin, November 1918. A crowd of several thousand people gathered, according to the caption, on Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin. The crowd includes German military and civilian... more

Open air cookery near Miraumont-le-Grand

Open air cookery near Miraumont-le-Grand

Officers cooking, Western Front, during World War I. Four officers seated on chairs around a brazier. One of the men is cooking in a steel helmet on the brazier. The rather formal middle-class dining chairs are... 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

Railway in the trenches

Railway in the trenches

A rather bedraggled looking railway line runs through the middle of bombed-out and desolate-looking buildings. A dusty looking soldier is standing at the side of the line smoking. His despondency adds atmospher... more

One of the thousands of shell dumps to be seen everywhere

One of the thousands of shell dumps to be seen everywhere

Six soldiers are sitting in a crater, the sides of which have been lined with empty shell casings. They are fully equipped but laughing amongst themselves. A horse-drawn gun is passing behind them and the bare ... more

Writing home

Writing home

Soldier writing a letter, Messines, Belgium, 1917. A young soldier reclines on the ground. He is writing on a small piece of paper, possibly a letter home. He is using a block of wood as a makeshift writing des... more

Once a German trench

Once a German trench

Remains of a captured German trench after heavy artillery fire, during World War I. The entrance to a tunnel gives some idea of the labyrinthal network of tunnels and trenches that formed the front line defence... more

Where the flour is made into dough

Where the flour is made into dough

This photograph shows a large wooden warehouse set up for making dough for bread for the army. Large wooden troughs set on trestles were used for mixing the dough. All ingredients such as water would have been ... more

View of Inchy, one of the villages captured by us

View of Inchy, one of the villages captured by us

This photograph has been taken overlooking the roofless ruins of Inchy, France. Every building seen here has been irreparably damaged by shellfire. Bricks and rubble have poured out onto the main street running... more

Where is it?

Where is it?

Soldiers standing next to two anti-aircraft guns. The guns are in position and some of the soldiers are looking toward the sky. They are standing in a very bleak and barren landscape, next to what could be a du... more

V.A.D. dressing station

V.A.D. dressing station

Looking into a wooden-clad room. There are tables and trestle seats down either side of the room and a stove in the middle. There is a soldier having his hand bandaged by a nurse on the right. There is another ... 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

Some officers of a Scottish Division on New Year's Day

Some officers of a Scottish Division on New Year's Day

With beer kegs at their feet, this image shows Scottish soldiers celebrating New Years Day. The chimney on the billet hut suggests that it could be a convivial place to spend Hogmanay. Following tradition, the ... more

South African officers having lunch

South African officers having lunch

South African officers pausing for something to eat and drink. They are gathered round a makeshift table, sitting on whatever has come to hand. The countryside surrounding them is covered with snow. It is a rel... 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

British advance in the west

British advance in the west

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

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

Before shaving Tommy cleans his rifle after coming out of the trenches

Before shaving Tommy cleans his rifle after coming out of the trenches

Soldier cleaning a rifle, Western Front. A soldier sitting cleaning the mud off his rifle with a cloth. There is a tin in front of him which may have contained grease for oiling the gun. His growth of beard sug... more

Girl clerks waiting to see the Queen

Girl clerks waiting to see the Queen

Long line of women, all wearing hats and long overcoats, standing outside a large, rather grand building. According to the photograph's original caption they are awaiting the arrival of Queen Mary. Most of them... more

Rue Sadi Carnet Bethune

Rue Sadi Carnet Bethune

Street damaged by artillery shells, Bethune, France, during World War I. This photograph, probably by Tom Aitken, shows how devastating artillery shelling could be. A street of bombed-out shops and houses stret... 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

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 )

Some of our big gun gunners

Some of our big gun gunners

This photograph is intentionally light-hearted and good-humoured. The photographer has positioned a group of gunners at the end of a big gun barrel. They appear to appreciate the irony of the situation. Inscrib... more

Tommies at home

Tommies at home

Six soldiers and a wall sketch, France. Six soldiers are standing or sitting in a small square hole dug into the only visible piece of floor. The rest of the room behind the soldiers is stacked with fallen maso... more

Two South Africans

Two South Africans

Two soldiers in the snow sharing a match, during World War I. This pretty, picturesque image belies the harshness of the conditions faced by front line troops during the winter months. There is a statuesque far... more

Soup kitchen

Soup kitchen

Cooking in a labour camp, Western Front, during World War I. This photograph shows four men cooking and drinking soup from one of the army outside catering boilers. They are all probably members of the South Af... more

Signal station - using daylight lamp

Signal station - using daylight lamp

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

Camp of Nissen huts behind the frontline

Camp of Nissen huts behind the frontline

Camp of Nissen huts behind the frontline, during World War I. Surrounded by snow and branchless trees, this image shows a collection of Nissen huts. This would have been a billet camp, used by soldiers who need... more

Civilians in a newly captured village are delighted at the arrival of British troops

Civilians in a newly captured village are delighted at the arrival of ...

British soldiers and French civilians standing in a ruined village. The soldiers and civilians are talking to one another. A few young children are milling about looking very cold. The scene surrounding them is... more

Chargers

Chargers

Two New Zealand officers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps are taking part in a horse show. They are showing their personal horses, or chargers, which appear to be heavy thoroughbreds. The horses hav... more

Cavalry passing over a temporary bridge built by our troops to replace the bridge destroyed by the Germans

Cavalry passing over a temporary bridge built by our troops to replace...

A troop of cavalry in single file crossing a fairly makeshift wooden bridge. The ruins of the iron and stonework of the original bridge can be seen in the water. Bridges were commonly destroyed in order to dela... more

Bell in a German trench near Grande Bois

Bell in a German trench near Grande Bois

There is a large engraved bell lying on its side, surrounded by the wooden structure that once supported it. It is decorated with classical figures and some text, which unfortunately is not legible in this phot... more

General view of Monchy-les-Preux

General view of Monchy-les-Preux

The ruined village of Monchy-le-Preux, France. On the left of a dirt track running through the village, the bombed and blasted remains of a few buildings are standing. The ground is strewn with bricks and debri... more

Remains of a German trench in Gommecourt

Remains of a German trench in Gommecourt

The concrete box in the middle of this scene gives the appearance of a formidable, solid construction. The depressing confusion of muddy, collapsed trenches, however, gives this supposedly victorious scene a mo... 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

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

What a direct hit on an ammunition lorry means

What a direct hit on an ammunition lorry means

A soldier is standing in a country lane looking at a large lump in the road. The road is very straight and runs for as far as the eye can see. It is bound on either side by tall grass and lush trees. The soldie... more

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, France, 1918

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, France, 1918

People standing around the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, watching a car full of soldiers. The soldiers are even sitting on the roof and bumpers of the car, waving their weapons and a flag. It is probable that thi... more

Senior officers of the Newfoundland Regiment

Senior officers of the Newfoundland Regiment

Two men with nailbrush moustaches are looking into the camera. They are wearing soft caps and well-presented uniforms. They both look quite relaxed and one of them is smiling. They look like they may have been ... 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

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

Inspecting the horse transport of a Canadian Battalion

Inspecting the horse transport of a Canadian Battalion

Inspection of Canadian military horses during World War I. A line of horses cuts diagonally across the image. They are being held steady by uniformed soldiers hidden behind the horses. Some of them are mounted... more

Gun team was in action 6 days previous to this turn out

Gun team was in action 6 days previous to this turn out

A gun team in a field surrounded by trees. There are six horses pulling a gun with three soldiers, each sitting on one of the horses. They are well turned out and lined up as if for inspection. There is a large... 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

French and British transport

French and British transport

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

Owner leads in and congratulates his jockey on winning the race

Owner leads in and congratulates his jockey on winning the race

The focus of the composition is a garlanded donkey with a dog on its back, to the centre right. Over its back two actors are shaking hands. They are dressed in civilian costumes and their faces are overly made-... more

Royal Scots Greys watering horses in France

Royal Scots Greys watering horses in France

Cavalrymen are sitting bareback on their horses in a river, allowing the horses to drink. The horses have been unsaddled and are only held by neck collars. Several of the men have extra horses on lead ropes. Ot... more

Open air dispensary just behind the line

Open air dispensary just behind the line

Outside of a field tent wooden crates have been turned on their sides and covered with a cloth. On top of this makeshift table various bottles and potions have been laid out. There is a queue of soldiers snakin... more

Ration party going up to the trenches

Ration party going up to the trenches

Hot food being delivered in the trenches, Western Front, during World War I. This photograph shows two pairs of men carrying lidded food containers along a trench. The containers are carried on poles on their ... more

Wiring party going up over a shell swept area

Wiring party going up over a shell swept area

A line of men walking across a bare slope, carrying all the gear needed to set up a new barbed-wire line. Many of the men are carrying tall metal posts shaped like corkscrews. These were used in the later part ... more

Officer leads the way amidst the bursting of German shells

Officer leads the way amidst the bursting of German shells

This image, the work of the war photographer John Warwick Brooke, admirably illustrates many of the war experiences which are recounted in today's society. Most action photographs, disseminated at the time for ... more

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

View of Ablainzeville, France, during World War I

View of Ablainzeville, France, during World War I

A British soldier walking up the road into the heavily-shelled village of Ablainzeville. There are the remains of a flimsy barricade across the road amid the wreckage. The danger has clearly passed as the soldi... more

Two joking soldiers closely inspecting a container

Two joking soldiers closely inspecting a container

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

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

Two natives of Manipur at dinner

Two natives of Manipur at dinner

Two soldiers are sitting side on to the camera and talking to each other in a quiet, contemplative way. The bench they are sitting on is made of logs, planks and bricks. They are both holding full bowls of soup... more

Taking rings by bayonet

Taking rings by bayonet

Members of the Black Watch at a sports day, during World War I. This image shows an event taking place at a sports day organised for the Black Watch. This particular event involves the competitors collecting sm... more

Dinner time on the Ancre

Dinner time on the Ancre

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

Domestic staff at a British officers' Club in France

Domestic staff at a British officers' Club in France

Domestic staff standing on a lawn in front of a British officers' club in France. Two uniformed men are standing beside them. They are all in a formal line posing for the camera. The building behind them looks ... more

All that is left of a sugar refinery

All that is left of a sugar refinery

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

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

Part of the church at Bethune

Part of the church at Bethune

British soldier surveying the ruined church at Bethune, France, during World War I. Standing underneath a doorway, this lone British soldier looks upon the devastation wrought on the church at Bethune, in Picar... more

Troops ready to hold the canal

Troops ready to hold the canal

This photograph shows troops in position along the right-hand side of a canal, with their rifles aimed across the water. They are fairly well protected, as the canal is built up above the ground to the right. I... more

Muddy wheels of an ammunition cart

Muddy wheels of an ammunition cart

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

Shell bursting on front line trench

Shell bursting on front line trench

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