The gaps in the wire near Anvil Wood through which the 53rd Battn. rushed the machine gun posts on Aug 31st 1918 were death traps

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    marthinotf

    • 15/Nov/2008 11:17:21

    Una excelente toma con unos conceptos inusuales para la época .... Saludos cordiales

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    calm range

    • 17/Nov/2008 06:23:52

    the sepia on these old shots bring sthem alive...really dipicts the hardship of that time..

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    Samuel Salgado Tello

    • 04/Dec/2008 11:49:00

    Qué foto más curiosa. Está retocada en extremo. Seguramente se uso para una publicación.

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    Matt Brown esq

    • 28/Apr/2009 18:09:32

    It looks like the photo has also been the victim of the Photoshopping of the day painting in the barbed wire.

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    VitaminF

    • 14/May/2009 18:28:45

    ^ Apart from the trees in the back, it does look quite unreal, doesn't it? Even the bodies. Weird.

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    Emm Enn

    • 12/Oct/2009 12:51:43

    so freakingly impressive. :O

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    humorous afternoon

    • 14/Nov/2010 07:20:29

    Dead bodies always look weird. They fall into the most bizarre positions.

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    MARLENEP22

    • 15/Nov/2010 22:32:38

    Still horrendous to see the results of this pointless war - these figures now buried and the barbed wire long gone

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    Ewan Bellamy

    • 13/Feb/2011 19:27:51

    These are some of the best and most moving photographs I have ever seen. Respect to Frank Hurley.

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    Jonboy270

    • 25/Apr/2012 04:47:44

    “A head on rush of a machine gun post” What a preposterous waste of human life by appallingly unintelligent commanding officers. It was photos like this that brought unprincipled and thoughtless commanding officers to the attention of many.

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    northernkite

    • 23/Jul/2013 22:41:22

    All to try and gain a few yards from the Germans who counter attacked and took it back. Has there ever been a more ill advised and executed war than W.W.1?