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French Infantry Advancing over Captured German Trenches on the Somme: A Wonderful Battle Photograph by a French Airman

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This remarkable photograph was taken on the French front on the Somme, by a. French aviateur de liaison, flying at a height of about i6oo feet above the battlefield. The nearest trench in the foreground, known as the Guillaume Trench, had formed the German front line, and had just been crossed by the French troops, who are seen advancing beyond it in a wave of assault through another trench further back. The big cloud of smoke in the :centre was due to the explosion of a dep8t of bombs or rockets. Further


back in the . centre is a clump of shattered trees called the Bois Hart, on either side of which may be seen small groups of men who were the most advanced sections of the French assault. Across the photograph in the distance will be noted a line in the ground which marks an unused trench bordering a road. Beyond it, in the centre of the photograph at the top, are some parties of German soldiers who are hastily retreating before the French advance. K


PHOTOGRAPH BY THE AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHICRVICE OF THE RENCH ARMY.



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Issue 4054. - Vol CXLIX

Dec, 30 1916

Illustrated London News