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(265) C.1925 - Portuguese troops compete together for the best turn out

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(265) C.1925 - Portuguese troops compete together for the best turn out

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(265) C.1925 - Portuguese troops compete together for the best turn out
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DescriptionHorse show behind the lines, during World War I. A line-up of men and horses are in a large grassy area surrounded by trees. According to the photograph's original caption this photograph was taken during a horse show. All of the contestants are positioned in rows. In each row there is one man and one horse in front of a carriage drawn by four horses. The men are all smartly dressed in full uniform, and all the horses are adorned with white fringes above their eyes. During the war events such as horse shows and sporting competitions were organised for the men, providing a rare opportunity to relax and a brief escape from the horrors of life at the Front. [Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH FROM THE WESTERN FRONT. - Horse show behind the lines, Portuguese troops compete together for the best turn out.']
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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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