my type of motorcycle, with a machine gun sidecar.
Motor machine gunners starting out on a stunt by National Library of Scotland on Flickr.
Motorbike machine gun crews, France, during World War I. Seven or eight machine-gun crews are ready to set out on a sortie. Each crew consists of two men, the driver on a motorbike and the gunner sitting in an armoured sidecar. The officer is in front on a motorbike without a sidecar.
During World War I, motorbikes were used as a quick and easily manoeuvred method of transport, in the same way that jeeps have been used in more recent conflicts.
[Original reads: . ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. Motor machine gunners starting out on a “stunt”.’]
Raiding party waiting for the word to go by National Library of Scotland on Flickr.
This ‘all action’ photograph is thought to be the work of John Warwick Brooke. This image lacks the organisation and sanitisation of most other propaganda photographs, suggesting that it may not have been staged.
Captain S.J. Worsley, described his experience of raiding during the Delville Wood Campaign, ‘It was soon apparent that something very unpleasant was about to happen, so we stood to arms, groused a good deal, and waited. The waiting was always the hardest part of it all. The hours till 6 a.m. seemed terribly long.’
[Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN OF THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. A raiding party waiting for the word to go.’]
Once a farm - now just marked by a board by National Library of Scotland on Flickr.
The two soldiers seen here have paused next to a sign for ‘Marten’s Farm.’ Tragically, the war has taken its toll on the farm. The ground is battle-scarred and laced with barbed wire, and the trees have been reduced to splinters. The two men sit amongst the rubble of what was once possibly a farm building.
It is estimated that in France alone approximately 8,000 square miles of farmland were laid to waste as a result of the war.
[Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. Once a farm - now just marked by a board.’]