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53966: Photography during the First World War

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Troops supposedly 'going over the top' at the start of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, photographed by Canadian official photographer Ivor Castle. This photograph was widely and misleadingly published as a portrayal of an actual British attack. However it was actually taken during a training exercise behind the lines. The breech cover which is clearly visible on the rifle of the soldier in the foreground was edited out in contemporary publications of the photograph.

History

Identifier

3686.jpg | CXTIWMPHOq874.jpg

Subject

Allied Forces | Trench | Western Front

Creator

Castle, W. I.

Date

Oct-16

Date Created

01/10/1916

Temporal Date

31/10/2001

Spatial

Unknown

Source

Photograph

Medium

Photographic paper

Type

Photograph

Contributor

Jennifer Dunn

Rights

The Imperial War Museum

Collection ID

CO 874

Repository Name

Imperial War Museum Photographic Archive

Repository Address

Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ, UK

Publisher

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive