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Detonation of the Hawthorn Ridge mine, 7. 20 am, 1st July 1916 (b / w photo)

Detonation of the Hawthorn Ridge mine, 7. 20 am, 1st July 1916 (b  /  w photo)


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Detonation of the Hawthorn Ridge mine, 7. 20 am, 1st July 1916 (b / w photo)

700923 Detonation of the Hawthorn Ridge mine, 7.20 am, 1st July 1916 (b/w photo) by Brooks, Ernest (1878-1941); Private Collection; (add.info.: The explosion signalled the British attack in the Battle of the Somme.); Peter Newark Military Pictures; British, out of copyright

Media ID 22956778

© Peter Newark Military Pictures / Bridgeman Images

1914 18 1st World War Blast Detonation Explosion Mine Parapet Somme Trench Trenches Western Front 1914 1918 Wwi Ww One First World War 1914 1918 Great War


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This photograph captures a pivotal moment in history - the detonation of the Hawthorn Ridge mine at 7.20 am on July 1st, 1916. Taken by Ernest Brooks, this powerful image showcases the brutal reality of trench warfare during World War I. The explosion depicted here marked the beginning of the British attack in the infamous Battle of the Somme. The blast sent shockwaves through the landscape, tearing apart trenches and reshaping the battlefield forever. It serves as a haunting reminder of the devastating power unleashed during this conflict. The photo highlights not only the destructive force of war but also its impact on soldiers who fought bravely amidst unimaginable chaos. The desolate landscape surrounding Hawthorn Ridge stands as a testament to their sacrifice and resilience. Brooks' composition skillfully captures both motion and stillness - while debris is thrown into disarray, soldiers can be seen frozen in time, caught between anticipation and fear. This juxtaposition emphasizes both human vulnerability and determination in an unforgiving environment. As we reflect upon this image today, it serves as a somber reminder of our shared history and reminds us to strive for peace amidst turmoil. It is through understanding these moments that we can honor those who lived through them and work towards building a better future for generations to come.

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