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(276) C.1951 - One of the lady ambulance drivers underneath her car attending to something that has gone wrong

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(276) C.1951 - One of the lady ambulance drivers underneath her car attending to something that has gone wrong

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(276) C.1951 - One of the lady ambulance drivers underneath her car attending to something that has gone wrong
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DescriptionA female ambulance driver appears from under her vehicle. She has probably been making repairs to it, her hands are oily and she looks as though she is wearing some sort of protective overalls. She wears a dirty headscarf. VAD is short for Voluntary Aid Detachment. VADs took on a variety of roles in the war effort, from nurses to catering staff. [Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. One of the lady ambulance drivers underneath her car attending to something that has gone wrong.']
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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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