Rare WW1 Photograph

Going Over The Top WW1

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.

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