Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Photographs of The Great War


What an amazing trove of photographs of British and Colonial soldiers photographed just before the Battle of the Somme. According to the article, an amateur photographer, likely a French farmer, took the pictures as souvenirs for the soldiers to send home to their families. The glass plates were found in a barn and thrown out, later to be collected, restored, and exhibited.

The Independent
has the exclusive story and over 200 photographs of the Tommies awaiting deployment. Take a look at picture #46 of the three artillery soldiers: two are white and one is black, all from different regiments.

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