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World War I
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This place looks awesome, I’d love to have a Bedouin camp with a bi-plane.
R.A.F. aircraft dugouts, France, during World War I. This rather odd contraption on the left of the photograph is, according to the attached caption, the entrance-way to an aircraft dugout. Aircraft bases, although not always immediately behind the front line would have made excellent static targets. Here, however, the soldiers look relatively relaxed and calm.
The R.A.F. was formed on 1st April 1918 as an amalgamation of the Royal Navy Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps. It is, however, now difficult to know when the captions were added to these photographs.
[Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. Dug-outs for aeroplanes. Many of the R.A.F. Squadrons are very near the line in France & to protect machines from bombs or shells, piles of sandbags are used.’]
R.A.F. bomber being tuned, France, during World War I. The size of these machines is conveyed by the perspective in the photograph. The men working on the body of the machine are dwarfed and the wing sweeping across the top of the picture dominates the scene. The mood of the photographer as a result is quite powerful and overbearing.
Two new types of bombs were developed for aircraft use, one for carpet bombing wider targets, the ‘aerial torpedoes’, and a smaller dart for more specific use, called a ‘flechette’.
[Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. An immense R.A.F. machine being tuned up before starting off for Germany with a load of bombs.’]
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.’]
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.’]