Category: Western Front

Troops of the 31st French Infantry Regiment undertaking a reconstruction of the attack on the Bois des Buttes,  18 September 1917.

French Renault FT tanks passing through the village of Audignicourt on their way to the front line, May-June 1918.

Above a German front line trench appeared a plank on which in big letters was scrawled these words:
“The English are fools.”
“Not such bloody fools as all that!” said a sergeant, and in a few minutes the plank was smashed to splinters by rifle-fire.
Another plank appeared with the words:
“The French are fools.”
Loyalty to our allies caused the destruction of that board.
A third plank was put up.
“We’re all fools. Let’s all go home.”
That board was also shot to pieces, but the message caused some laughter.

Australian soldiers resting in the shadow of a ruined farm building, September 1917.

Interior of a damaged church within the Australian sector, September 1917.

Australian Pioneers laying duck boards near Zonnebeke 5 October 1917.

A British artillery barrage raising dust in the ruins of a town, September 1917.

Australian troops pass dead horses and war debris on the Menin Road, September 1917.

A bombed out German shelter near Hanebeek during the Third Battle of Ypres – 20 September 1917.

Australian soldiers and ammunition pack-horses walking along muddy track during the 3rd Battle of Ypres, 1917.