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(84) L.600 - Store for the issue parts
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DescriptionVehicle parts warehouse, Western Front, France, during World War I. Two women, an officer, and several other men, are standing along the passageway of a large warehouse. To the left are lines of racks each filled with different motor parts. The racks are labelled, the nearest reading, 'Gearbox and Differential'. Another notice reads, 'Lorry Commer Trays 7 & 15'. This photograph emphasises the difficulty, particularly during the first part of the war, when many different types and makes of vehicle had been donated to the war effort. The lack of standardisation made the supply of parts cumbersome. Later in the war there was greater standardisation of vehicles. [Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. Motor Transport work in France. A store for the issue parts.']
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David McLellan
DescriptionFormerly a photographer with the 'Daily Mirror’, a newspaper which led the field in pictorial journalism, McLellan was appointed as an official war photographer in December 1917 along with Tom Aitken whose work also features in this collection. McLellan is especially noted for his work capturing the huge scale of operations on the Front. McLellan was one of five official photographers working on the Western Front, for the propaganda department during the last two years of the war. The photographers were driven to the site the authorities wanted them to photograph, which meant that most of their material was also largely censored. This did not, however, mean that the photographer did not get to know the people in the picture.
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DescriptionPhotographs by named photographers.
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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