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In a Valley of Desolation: Somme Trenches, Ruins, and Convoys

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WATCHING THE ENEMY THROUGH A PERISCOPE : ON THE BRITISH FRONT FIFTY YARDS FROM THE REGINA TRENCH (SINCE CAPTUREDI


WATER-TAIKS GOING UP FOR THE SUPPLY OF BRITISH TROOPS AT THE FRONT: A CONVOY ON THE ROAD.


4, “A STRAGGLE OP SCORCHED ERICHE AND SPLINTERED TNESSTUMPS lE: BR7MI SODIERS AT THE RUINS OP YOUQUET FARY.


WDTHA CE WiT AN LAWLN OF SAND-BAGO A~fIIh~..TUNB ZN TE FOREGROUND: A BR~ITI CONVOY FOE~ THE SONME FRONT


Two of these photographs give a vivid idea of the desolation of war in the Somme region. Deanribing the victorious British advance of October 2a, Mr. Perceval Gibbon writes : “Upon a front of some gooo yards, from the corner of the Schwaben Redoubt to near the north end of that German position which is known as the Regina Trench, our troops went forward … captured and held the whole of the positions which formed their objective. . . . From west of Pesifres, where the ground slopes down by Mouquet


Farm . . there was an outlook over the whole smoke-smeared panorama of battle…. Good, comfortable land, all of it . . . and now the chief wonder was how, even in two years of such warfare as this, it could have taken on the countenance and colour of a desolation so utter. Upon all that westward slope there was not a blade of gran ; Mouquet Farm, a straggle of scorched bricks and splintered tree-stumps, stood among fields where every yard has been ploughed by shells.”



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