One result of the heavy rains – a light railway engine on its side owing to the rails sinking

Some cool Digital Camera images:

One result of the heavy rains – a light railway engine on its side owing to the rails sinking
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Image by National Library of Scotland
A small locomotive engine is lying at forty-five degrees to the ground and to the camera. The side nearest the camera has sunk into the ground, so very little of it is now visible. The engine is identified as number 1247. There are another set of tracks near the camera and there is a soldier standing on these surveying the engine. His uniform is smart and he looks relaxed. There is another soldier standing behind him with his hands in his pocket.

It was not only the men who suffered in the mud during the war. This situation may have caused a disruption in the supplies and communications

[Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. One result of the heavy rains, – a light railway engine on its side owing to the rails sinking.’]

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One of our Tanks at Flers
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Image by National Library of Scotland
A tank is surrounded by infantrymen at Flers in France. The manner in which the soldiers are gathered together around the tank and looking directly at the camera, suggests that this could be a staged photograph taken for propaganda purposes. It is believed that this photograph was taken by John Warwick Brooke.

The Battle of Flers-Courcelette formed a supplementary part in the third phase of the great Somme offensive in mid-September 1916. The battle is important because this was where tanks were first used during the conflict. Winston Churchill, then fighting as a lieutenant colonel of infantry on the Western Front, complained that Haigs contentious decision to attack at Flers with a small number of tanks was wrong, and lamented that ‘my poor ‘land battleships have been let off prematurely on a petty scale’.

[Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. One of our Tanks at Flers.’]

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