Horses waiting to fetch ammunition
Image by National Library of Scotland
The ruins of a cottage or outhouses have various horses stabled in them or lined up through them. The ruins have been there long enough that there are saplings growing in them! One of the soldiers with the horses has turned round to look at the camera – he does not appear to be very amused.
Horses were one of the most precious resources during this period. They were often the only means of transport in muddy and rough terrain. Many of them, however, did not survive the journey over the Channel and those that did were subject to the same shelling danger as any soldier.
[Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. Horses waiting to fetch ammunition.’]