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From an advanced area a batch of prisoners is seen going back

From an advanced area a batch of prisoners is seen going back

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British troops escorting prisoners from the front line, in France, during World War I. The Allied offensives of August and September 1918 resulted in the capture of large numbers of German prisoners. Tom Aitken's photograph shows a long line of prisoners walking back from the front under British guard. The contrasting feelings of the soldiers are suggested by the body language of those on the left of the picture nearest the camera. The British soldiers have their heads up, they are looking to either side and one is grinning. The German prisoners keep their eyes fixed on the ground...The prisoners pictured here, if taken back to Britain, would probably have been put to work as labourers on the land. In the later years of the war the British government solved an acute shortage of labour by employing prisoners of war in this way, and manor houses such as Badsey and Cravecombe in Worcestershire were often used to house the prisoners...[Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. The successful advance of 18/9/18. From an advanced area a batch of prisoners is seen going back.']..digital.nls.uk/74549188 ( http://digital.nls.uk/74549188 )
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1914
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Les Moineaux, 36330 Arthon, France46.71067, 1.71819
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National Library of Scotland
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