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British soldiers scramble from the trench, heading for the barbed wire, leading to no mans land and the waiting machine guns.

Comfy Billet

Comfy Billet

The clean comfortable condition of the trench would suggest the Germans were planning to stay a long time; in contrast with the British trench system, where soldiers were discouraged from getting too comfortable and reluctant to get out of the trench and attack.

Zeppelin’s over the Works

Zeppelin's over the Works

Skinningrove ironworks, was targeted several times during the great war by Zeppelin Airships. A raid by German Naval Airship  L.9. Commanded by Kapitanleutnant Odo Loewe, on the 8th september 1915, Dropped bombs on the Benzol house part of the coke ovens, and Blast Furnaces. fortunately missing the T.N.T. plant

Ypres Belgium

Ypres Belgium

The stark ruins of Ypres, fought over for four years, the remains of the town were rebuilt after the war.

Menin Gate Memorial

Menin Gate Memorial

Menin Gate Memorial to the British and Empire missing in the Mons and Ypres battles in Belgium, over 50,000 names are inscribed on the walls.

Ypres

Ypres

A British General having left his H.Q miles behind the front surveyed a scene like this burst into tears and said ”My God did we actually send men to fight in this?”.

Menin Gate

Menin Gate

Menin Gate memorial to the missing of the Ypres campaigns in Belgium. The last post is sounded every night at 8pm by the Belgians, in a moving ceremony, still repeated to this day.

Equine sacrifice

Equine sacrifice

German prisoners of war trudge into captivity escorted by Scottish soldiers; in the shattered landscape a horse, bloated in death lies in the road. Horse and mule casualties matched the human toll. The piles of chalk suggest a location on the Somme.

Advancing

Advancing

British soldiers advancing across no mans land, from their pace the battle seems to have moved further on.

R and R

R and R

A rest area just behind the front line, A field kitchen is preparing a meal, as some of the soldiers wash and shave; probably for the first time in days!