Going Over The Top WW1.
‘Going over the top’ photographs during actual combat in WW1 were rare.
A rare photograph that shows the moment when the first men go over the top during a raid near Arras, France, on the 24th of March 1917.
An officer of the 10th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), leads the way out of a sap (short trench). Shells are bursting in the distance.
Short trenches (saps) were dug towards the enemy trenches and enabled troops to move forward in a way that limited their exposure to enemy fire.
Lieutenant John Warwick Brooke, the official British photographer, followed them in the sap, into which a shell fell short killing seven men.
Life in the front line always carried an element of danger. The threat could be from snipers, shellfire or from taking part in a trench raid or a major offensive.
Lest We Forget.
Information and photograph came from Imperial War Museums. Image file number IWM Q 5100.
The ‘Going Over The Top WW1’ article was researched by Peter Barnes and was originally posted on his Facebook Page.