French soldiers removing the wines from the cellars in Amiens into lorries
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French troops carrying boxes of Amiens wine into a lorry, France, during World War I. Some French soldiers lifting wooden boxes containing wine bottles into a lorry for transportation to a place of safekeeping. It is highly likely that this photograph was taken during the German Spring Offensive of 1918, when the town was again facing up to the possibility that the Germans might gain control of the town for a second time. ..The control of Amiens was a crucial objective for both sides because it contained a massive rail junction. Though briefly held by the Germans in 1914, the town remained in French hands for the rest of the war following the Battle of the Marne in September 1914. During the German Spring Offensive of 1918, the town again faced up to the prospect of German occupation, but the Allied counter-attack in August 1918 eliminated that danger. When the Germans failed to recapture the town, they realised that their position was an unwinnable one. In recognition of its valour and suffering, the town was awarded the Croix de Guerre, the French military's highest award...[Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. French soldiers removing the wines from the cellars in Amiens into lorries.']..digital.nls.uk/74549050 ( http://digital.nls.uk/74549050 )
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.