Contemporary Photos of the Somme.

Thanks to Jeremy Banning | Military Historian | First World War Research | School Workshops | Lectures for the use of the photos from his twitter feed @jbanningww1.

I will add some choice shots into my static pages over time, starting with this view of a beautiful sunrise looking east towards Bernafay Wood from the Maricourt – Longueval Road, near the site of the Briqueterie.  This particular area was taken by the Liverpool Pals on 1st July.  However, one can imagine the stragglers returning from Triangle Point having a similar view in the early morning of 3rd July 1916.  The Big Push – Montauban

In the words of 2nd Lieutenant Kenneth Callan Macardle:-

“A molten sun slid up over a plum coloured wood, on a mauve hill shading down to grey. In a vivid flaming sky, topaz clouds with golden edges floated, the tips of shell-stricken bare trees stood out over a sea of billowing white mist, the morning light was golden.”

Sunrise looking from Briqueterie to Bernafay Wood.  Courtesy jeremybanning.co.uk

Sunrise looking from Briqueterie to Bernafay Wood. Courtesy jeremybanning.co.uk

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