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The Great British Offensive: Advancing over the German Trenches at the Beginning of the "Push"

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0Li -~O I .~~~:l ‘ ‘ 2·-. ., — I i N ýi~~~~~ “, `1; ýFý,ad ‘”r :3 WITHE THE FIRST “‘WAVE”: ATTACKING THE GERMAN SECOND LINE AFTER HAVING SW, EPT OVER THE FIRST-LINE TRENCH; AND CONSOLIDATING THE CAPTYURED P05:TIN 4– -‘· A.’i 4..·~~t * ., Ke — -P-·1 R~~~P~~~~’ ~ `1-.~ *t Ft WITH THE FIRST “WAVE’S: AlTACKING THE GERMAN SECOND LINE AFT~ER HAVING SWEPT OVER THE FIRST -LINE TRENCH: AND CONSOLIDATING THE CAPTURED POSITION.


The foremost assailants in the British attack are seen charging home on the German second line of trenches, immediately alter victoriously storming the enemy’s first line. Our battalions -surged forward from the first line to the second with the resistless vehemence of a tidal wave. The attack on the second-line trenches (seen towards the background) was met by a terrific machine-gun fire from all sides as our men pressed in through the remnants of barbed-wire entanglement that here and there had escaped destruction by the preliminary bombardment. In the foreground is seen in detail the battered German first-line trench, with plank platforms thrown across it in places. Working parties of our men are hard at it with pick and shovel, converting it so as to front the other way, digging out parts that had talp min anmd building a new crest-line facing


the enemy. In that manner, step by step, our gains of ground are everywhere being consolidated against counter-attacks. To the right is the zig-zag German communication- trench leading from the first to the second line of trenches. At its nearer end more men with entrenching-tools are at work. Further along, others of ours are seen charging forward with bombs and bayonets against counter-attacking parties of the enemy, to support the assailants of the second German trench-line and help in dealing with the enemy machine-gun parties. At places in both the German first and second trench-lines enemy machine-gunners suddenly appeared. They had survived the Brntsh bombardment and remained hidden in deep dug-outs, whence they emerged with their weapons and opened a ferocious fusillade.- lnai, ConrekrJd Las Mt/a lk .1ar , 4d Ce.a.



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