scrapironflotilla: Pack mules taking up ammun…

scrapironflotilla:

Pack mules taking up ammunition in wicker carriers during the Battle of Pilckem Ridge.
As the guns were moved forwards in the ‘bite and hold’ attacks of Third Ypres the light rail lines that brought ammunition forward had to be laid out over the cratered, broken newly won ground. While shell holes were filled in and tracks laid down horses and mules were put to work taking ammunition forward through the bogged and marshy battlefield.

scrapironflotilla: A working party moving forw…

scrapironflotilla:

A working party moving forward during the Battle of Pilckem Ridge, August 1917.

The white line in the background is a marker tape, used to help guide troops during assembly for an attack or for moving forward over unfamiliar ground.

May 19 1915 in WWI

IWM (HU 120653) “Captain Percy Beattie-Crozier. Unit: 4th Prince Albert Victor’s Rajputs, attached to 15th Ludhiana Sikhs, Indian Army. Death: 19 May 1915 Killed in action near Neuve Chapelle Western Front

scrapironflotilla: A doctor tends to a should…

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A doctor tends to a shoulder wound at a Regimental Aid Post set up in a captured German ammunition dump at Oosttaverne, near Ypres, August 1917.

May 18 1918 in WWI

IWM (Q 70017) “French and British officers by the German A7V tank ‘Elfriede’, captured near Villers-Bretonneux on 24 April 1918. Saleux”

DURIEZ Frederic

                                              …

                                                                 Celebrating a little

“Tell the
neighbors for me,

There is going
to be

A wedding here
tomorrow noon,

We’re goin’ to
start our honeymoon;

Just my
sweetie and me,

And we won’t
go over the sea;

We’ll stay
right in town,

Tickled to
settle down

In the land of
liberty.”

Text: WW1, “Gee! but I’m glad that
I’m home again with you “
by  Zeph fitz-Gerald

Photo: May 1919, American soldier, home
again, and “celebrating a little”. The Indiana Album – Kris Bowman Collection

May 18 1918 in WWI

IWM (HU 90284) “Women sorting shell cases for salvage.”

I’m so glad that I’m home;

I’m so glad that I’m home;

And I never will roam

Away from dad and mom’s door,

The place that I’ve been longing for.

There’s a million like me,

Who are back from over the sea;

They’ve all got the same

Melody on the brain

And it’s mighty sweet to me;

“Gee but I’m glad that I’m home again with you”

Zeph fitz-Gerald

scrapironflotilla: A Sopwith Camel biplane w…

scrapironflotilla:

A Sopwith Camel biplane with its nose buried in the ground after being forced down. At Clapham Junction, in front of Zillebeke, 26th September 1917.

May 18 1918 in WWI

IWM (Q 58186) “Ruins of Amiens, 18 May 1918. On 23 April 1918 the Germans were only nine miles from Amiens. The civilians were evacuated on 9 April and the city was bombarded daily.”