Mine crater which was blown up on the 1st July at Beaumont Hamel

Mine crater which was blown up on the 1st July at Beaumont Hamel

A mine crater at Beaumont-Hamel, France. In the foreground the shadow of the photographer is visible. It was the explosion of a large mine close to the German line at Beaumont-Hamel that marked the beginning of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Unfortunately this explosion, far from giving the British the advantage, alerted the Germans to the imminent attack. The vast majority of Allied troops t…

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Holding the front line on the edge of a mine crater
Cavalry officer negotiates a mined road
Germans mined the road but our transport easily got round this difficulty