Hundreds of WW1 photos found of soldiers going to the Somme

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Hundreds of WW1 photos found of soldiers going to the Somme

Hundreds of First World War photographs were discovered recently in France showing British soldiers on their way to the Somme.

The pictures were taken in a village called Warloy-Baillon in the département of the Somme. The time is the winter of 1915 and the spring and summer of 1916. Hundreds of thousands of British and Empire soldiers, are preparing for The Big Push, the biggest British offensive of the 1914-18 war to date.

A local French photographer, almost certainly an amateur, possibly a farmer, has offered to take pictures for a few francs. Soldiers have queued to have a photograph taken to send back to their anxious but proud families in Britain or Australia or New Zealand.

Many of the British soldiers are wearing rough sheepskins over their battle-dress: a tell-tale sign of the great overcoat shortage of the winter of 1915. The sheepskin-clad "Tommies" look, bizarrely, like ancient warriors or Greek or Yugoslav partisans.

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Within a few months – or days, most probably – many of the soldiers were dead. Ten miles to the east was the front line from which the British Army launched the most murderous battle of that, or any, war, which lasted from 1 July to late November 1916 and killed an estimated 1,000,000 British empire, French and German soldiers.

More on the site: The Independent

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By netchicken: posted on 1-6-2009








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