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Somme Collection

Background imageSomme Collection: WW1 - Trench map from a soldiers war diary showing the Somme Battlefield with

WW1 - Trench map from a soldiers war diary showing the Somme Battlefield with information gleaned from captured German Prisoners

Background imageSomme Collection: Battle of the Somme 1918

Battle of the Somme 1918
Painting of British soldiers in the trenches at the Battle of the Somme on the Western Front in France during World War I in 1918

Background imageSomme Collection: British gunners, Battle of the Somme, WW1

British gunners, Battle of the Somme, WW1
British gunners in action during the Battle of the Somme, First World War. Their guns are on " Percy Scott" mountings, with rather colourful camouflage paint. Date: 1918

Background imageSomme Collection: The Somme 1916

The Somme 1916
British troops advance through barbed wire across No Mans Land

Background imageSomme Collection: Ww1 / 15Sep16 / Battle Somme

Ww1 / 15Sep16 / Battle Somme
FIRST BATTLE OF THE SOMME British tanks are used in action for the first time, causing panic among the Germans

Background imageSomme Collection: Tank Battle on the Somme British MkIV & German A7V tanks in

Tank Battle on the Somme British MkIV & German A7V tanks in
Tank Battle on the Somme. British MkIV & German A7V tanks in action. Date: circa 1918

Background imageSomme Collection: Coldstreamers in a Great charge by the guards on the Somme

Coldstreamers in a Great charge by the guards on the Somme
On 15th September 1916, Guards including the Coldstreamers, Grenadiers and the Irish, captured Martinpuich, formerly in German hands and Courcelette and over 2300 prisoners. 15th September 1916

Background imageSomme Collection: Releasing carrier pigeon from tank, France, WW1

Releasing carrier pigeon from tank, France, WW1
A human hand releasing a carrier pigeon through the porthole of a tank, near Albert, Somme, northern France, during the First World War. Date: 9 August 1918

Background imageSomme Collection: Silhouettes from the Somme by H. L. Oakley

Silhouettes from the Somme by H. L. Oakley
Various scenes on the Somme cut by famous silhouette artist, Captain H. L. Oakley showing the work to be done when pursuing the retreating Germans

Background imageSomme Collection: George V with military leaders during First World War

George V with military leaders during First World War
King George V in army uniform with British and French military leaders during the First World War. They are standing outside General Joffres chateau at Beauquesne in northern France

Background imageSomme Collection: The Somme 1916

The Somme 1916
A still from the film The Battle of the Somme, made by Geoffrey Malins and John McDowell, showing British soldiers advancing

Background imageSomme Collection: French travel poster

French travel poster
Poster advertising the resorts of Ault-Onival and Bois de Cise in the Somme and Picardy region of France three hours from France via the French National Railway

Background imageSomme Collection: France / Amiens

France / Amiens
View across the Somme to the cathedral

Background imageSomme Collection: First day of the Somme - the roll call after attack

First day of the Somme - the roll call after attack
British soldiers in a trench on the first day of the Somme (1 July 1916), lining up for a roll call after the attack. 1916

Background imageSomme Collection: Statue of Field Marshal Haig - Edinburgh Castle

Statue of Field Marshal Haig - Edinburgh Castle
A statue of Field Marshal Haig on horseback at the Esplanade, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland. Field Marshal Douglas Haig

Background imageSomme Collection: Actions of the Somme Crossings 1918

Actions of the Somme Crossings 1918
Actions of the Somme Crossings, Nesle Sector. Men of the 20th British Division and of the 22nd French Division in hastily dug rifle pits covering a road at the Battle of the Somme on the Western

Background imageSomme Collection: Battle of Albert 1918

Battle of Albert 1918
An escort of the South Staffordshire Regiment, 37th Division, bringing German prisoners through Bucqnoy during the Battle of Albert

Background imageSomme Collection: Welcome Back to the Somme, March 1918

Welcome Back to the Somme, March 1918, by Lieutenant W (Will) H Dyson (1880-1938), Australian Imperial Force. Dyson joined the Army

Background imageSomme Collection: Soldiers of a West Indian Regiment, Western Front, WW1

Soldiers of a West Indian Regiment, Western Front, WW1
A group of soldiers from the British West Indies Regiment, ready for action on the Western Front in France during the Somme offensive, World War One. Date: 1916

Background imageSomme Collection: Ancre swamps 1916

Ancre swamps 1916
Royal Engineers bridge the Ancre Swamps at Aveluy during the latter stages of the Battle of the Somme. To the left, an engine crosses a light railway bridge

Background imageSomme Collection: Canadian Infantrymen attack, France, 1916

Canadian Infantrymen attack, France, 1916
Photograph showing Canadian soldiers running out of their trenches to attack German positions during an Allied offensive on the Somme Front, France, 1916

Background imageSomme Collection: Aerial view of Battle of Somme

Aerial view of Battle of Somme

Background imageSomme Collection: George V on guided tour near Mametz, The Somme, France

George V on guided tour near Mametz, The Somme, France
King George V passing between two mine craters near Mametz in The Somme, northern France, in a party guided by Mr Harding of the Royal Engineers

Background imageSomme Collection: The Padre and his old church

The Padre and his old church
A British Artillery chaplain during the Somme advance of 1918 surveys the ruins of a Nissen hut which once served as a makeshift church in 1916

Background imageSomme Collection: Longueval 1916

Longueval 1916
A convoy of British ammunition carts passes through the devastated remains of the village of Longueval, in the heart of the Somme region

Background imageSomme Collection: The devestating power of a big land-mine

The devestating power of a big land-mine
A photograph of several British soldiers walking through the enormous crater left behind by the explosion of a large land-mine at High Wood, during the Somme offensive of 1916

Background imageSomme Collection: WW1 - Chateau Caulaincourt destroyed - Passage over Somme

WW1 - Chateau Caulaincourt destroyed - Passage over Somme
WW1 - Chateau Caulaincourt destroyed (by dynamite by the retreating German forces) - Passage over Somme cleared by British Army. Date: 1917

Background imageSomme Collection: WW1 - Amiens Cathedral, France - Protection from air attack

WW1 - Amiens Cathedral, France - Protection from air attack using a wall of sandbags (exterior). Date: circa 1915

Background imageSomme Collection: Seaforth Highlanders roll call after opening battle

Seaforth Highlanders roll call after opening battle on the Somme

Background imageSomme Collection: Seaforth Highlanders roll call after the opening

Seaforth Highlanders roll call after the opening battle on the Somme

Background imageSomme Collection: German railway engine in Combles, France in March 1917

German railway engine in Combles, France in March 1917

Background imageSomme Collection: A mine crater at La Boiselle on the Somme - WW1

A mine crater at La Boiselle on the Somme - WW1
A mine crater at La Boiselle on the Somme during the First World War

Background imageSomme Collection: Signallers, Sausage Valley, during the First World War

Signallers, Sausage Valley, during the First World War

Background imageSomme Collection: Battle of the Somme, British machine gunners wearing

Battle of the Somme, British machine gunners wearing gas helmets near Ovillers in July 1916

Background imageSomme Collection: WW1 - Battle of the Somme - machine gunners wearing

WW1 - Battle of the Somme - machine gunners wearing gas helmets near Ovillers - July 1916

Background imageSomme Collection: Lewis gun near Ovillers, July 1916, Battle of the Somme

Lewis gun near Ovillers, July 1916, Battle of the Somme

Background imageSomme Collection: WW1 Battle of the Somme - Lewis gun in action

WW1 Battle of the Somme - Lewis gun in action in front line trench near Ovillers, France - July 1916

Background imageSomme Collection: WW1 - Pack horses taking ammunition to the front

WW1 - Pack horses taking ammunition to the front line near Aveluy Wood - September 1916

Background imageSomme Collection: Canadian troops in a Somme trench in 1916

Canadian troops in a Somme trench in 1916

Background imageSomme Collection: Canadian troops in a Somme trench going over

Canadian troops in a Somme trench going over the top in September 1916

Background imageSomme Collection: Cliffs at Ault-Onival, Somme Department, Haut-de-France

Cliffs at Ault-Onival, Somme Department, Haut-de-France
The Cliffs at Ault-Onival, Somme Department, Haut-de-France, France. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageSomme Collection: Ault, Somme department, Hauts-de-France, France

Ault, Somme department, Hauts-de-France, France
Ault, a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France. To the north of the town, the cliffs descend to the level of the beach at Onival. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageSomme Collection: The New Lighthouse at Onival. Somme, France

The New Lighthouse at Onival. Somme, France
Onival, a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageSomme Collection: Ault - commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France

Ault - commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France
Ault, a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageSomme Collection: Beach at Onival, Ault, Somme department in Hauts-de-France

Beach at Onival, Ault, Somme department in Hauts-de-France
Ault, a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France. To the north of the town, the cliffs descend to the level of the beach at Onival (pictured here). Date: circa 1930s

Background imageSomme Collection: Allies on the Somme, British and French soldiers, WW1

Allies on the Somme, British and French soldiers, WW1
Allies on the Somme, a British and French soldier, WW1 Date: circa 1916

Background imageSomme Collection: Reflections In The River Somme

Reflections In The River Somme
A landscape oil painting of a large flock of sheer, some of which are gathered by the edge of the river Somme, drinking, three boats are stationed next to each other. Date: circa 1919

Background imageSomme Collection: Sir Alymer Hunter-Weston

Sir Alymer Hunter-Weston
A portrait oil painting of Lieutenant General Sir Alymer Gould Hunter-Weston, M.P. K.C.B. D.S.O. 1864-1940, who was a British Army officer serving in the Miranzai Expeditions of 1891



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