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Some of the men who took Tilloy
[between ca. 1915 and ca. 1920]
1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.
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www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/62600/TILLOY%20BRIT... "Tilloy-les-Mofflaines is a village 3 kilometres south-east of Arras, on the south side of the main road to Cambrai. Tilloy British Cemetery is south-east of the village on the north-east side of the road to Wancourt, the D37. ... Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines was taken by Commonwealth troops on 9 April 1917, but it was partly in German hands again from March to August 1918."
British Infantry France. "he German policy of devastating towns and villages as they retreated was designed to demoralise both the former inhabitants and the Allied troops. A notice on the wall in German reads, 'zum Tilloy - "
Interesting to note two persons in this photograph appearing to wear German/Prussian style helmets (center of photograph and back row to the left).
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mightytiki Maybe captured equipment, like the MGs in the foreground :) There's another one to the right.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Most likely war souvenirs, can also spot a German softcover standing to the left of the Soldier in the center wearing the "spiked" German helmet. Those machine guns in the foreground are MG 08's.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mightytiki Interesting. I'm sure the pickelhaube was a real prize :-)
A similar photo is in www.army.mod.uk/firstworldwarresources/archives/1555/brit... "These men are from the 13th Battalion of The King’s Regiment (Liverpool) and pose with captured machine guns in front of a German mobile pill box and concrete observation post."
A photo at the same spot is at www.illustratedfirstworldwar.com/item/our-allies-the-russ... Illustrated London News Issue 4070. - Vol CL Apr, 21 1917 (page 24)
Cropped from this John Warwick Brooke photo on the Imperial War Museum site, captioned "Troops of the 13th Battalion, King's (Liverpool) Regiment pose with captured machine guns in front of a German mobile pill box and concrete observation post amidst the ruins of Tilloy-les-Mofflaines, 10 April 1917." www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205237313 See also this photo taken just before or after: www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205215508
More on the photographer: "John Warwick Brooke, of the Topical Press Agency, was the second British official war photographer to go to the Western Front in 1916. The demands placed on he and his colleague, Ernest Brooks, were heavy. They had to take as many photographs as possible, with as much variety as possible, a difficult task for two men covering an army of over two million. Despite this, Warwick Brooke managed to take what would become some of the most memorable images of World War I. As an officially appointed photographer, Warwick Brooke was assigned to the Western Front to follow the progress of the British Army. During his time there, between 1916 and 1918, Warwick Brooke is estimated to have taken over 4,000 photographs." digital.nls.uk/first-world-war-official-photographs/paget...
Ryan (LOC P&P)
Much thanks to all of you for your contributions. We'll add some of the information to the record the next time we update.
There's a total of five men wearing captured German steel helmets, two men wearing German softcover caps (the Krätzchen worn by enlisted men), and in the center between them one guy with a spiked helmet (Pickelhaube). The stick hand grenades and the machine guns could also be German, but I don't know enough about them to say for sure. I assume the date scratched into the left side of the negative (8/13/18) was added later.