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(311) C.2494 - Troops moving up at eventide - men of a Yorkshire regiment on the march

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(311) C.2494 - Troops moving up at eventide - men of a Yorkshire regiment on the march

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(311) C.2494 - Troops moving up at eventide - men of a Yorkshire regiment on the march
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DescriptionFive soldiers silhouetted against the sky. Rays of sun burst through dark clouds to create a dramatic and atmospheric shot. They are all wearing steel helmets, and three of them are clearly carrying rifles and backpacks. The Battle of Broodseinde (October 1917) was part of a larger offensive - the third Battle of Ypres - engineered by Sir Douglas Haig to capture the Passchendaele Ridge. [Original reads: 'BATTLE OF BROODSEYNDE [sic] RIDGE. - TROOPS MOVING UP AT EVENTIDE. MEN OF A YORKSHIRE REGIMENT ON THE MARCH.']
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Ernest Brooks
DescriptionErnest Brooks was the first British official war photographer to be assigned to the Western Front in 1916. Previously a 'Daily Mirror' photographer, he was given the honorary rank of Second Lieutenant. His remit was to take as many photographs as possible, with as much variety as possible. Using his inconspicuous hand-held camera Brooks was free to wander, sometimes capturing his subjects unawares. Many of the images taken by Brooks were used to fuel the propaganda machine at home and abroad. Despite this Brooks, who was very aware of composition and light, produced some very artistic and thought-provoking images.
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First World War 'Official Photographs'
DescriptionBlack-and-white photographs mainly of the Western Front during the First World War. Official British war photographers took many of them for propaganda purposes. Unless otherwise stated, titles are the photographs' original captions. From the papers of Field Marshal (Earl) Haig (1861-1928). The Haig Papers also contain Douglas Haig’s diaries.
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