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Six uniformed men in overcoats sit on the edge of a trailer. Strapped to the trailer is a captured German aeroplane, painted with the number ‘8’. The wings have either been detached for transporting or damaged during combat. Apart from one man, who is looking at the camera, the rest of the men appear to be watching something that is happening off to the left. Frustratingly, what they are looking at will never now be known.
The derogatory term for a German, ‘Boche or ‘Bosch, originates from the French slang ‘alboche, which was two words ‘Allemand (German) and ‘caboche (pate, head) put together. Aeroplanes were used by both sides during the War for attack and defence and also for reconnaissance purposes.
[Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ON THE FRONT IN FRANCE. A captured Boche plane on its way to one of our aviation depots.’]
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.’]
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.’]