This image, the work of the war photographer John Warwick Brooke, admirably illustrates many of the war experiences which are recounted in today’s society. Most action photographs, disseminated at the time for propaganda reasons, were deliberately staged, but this image lacks the cleanliness and order attributed to ‘fake’ situations.
Lance-Corporal Thomas Owen, recalls one of his shelling experiences, ‘The shells were dropping practically on the very brink of the trench. Now the worst had come. We were face down in the slime, with boot and finger and knee clutching and scraping for the veriest inch of cover.’
[Original reads: ‘A raiding party. An officer leads the way amidst the bursting of German shells.’]
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