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An action at Bucquoy, Western Front 1918

An action at Bucquoy, Western Front 1918


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An action at Bucquoy, Western Front 1918

The Great Battle on the Western Front: open warfare - an action at Bucquoy, a village on the Arras-Albert road. Stand by British infantry at Bucquoy: a thin khaki line pouring rifle and machine-gun fire into on-rushing German hordes seen advancing from Longast Wood in the right background towards the Nissen huts and bayonet practice gallows on the left. In the distance are the ruins of Ablainzeville. British infantry in the foreground. British artillery officer in the right foreground behind a rampart of ammunition boxes, giving orders to the signaller to transmit to the battery behind. Two German sausage-balloons in the air over Longast Wood. Date: 1918

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Action Advancing Arras Artillery Bayonet Behind Gallows Huts Infantry Khaki Nissen Practice Rampart Stand Thin Warfare Albert Hordes


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This evocative photograph captures the intensity and chaos of the Battle of Bucquoy during the First World War's Western Front. Dated 1918, the image portrays an "action" or engagement between British and German forces near the village of Bucquoy, situated on the Arras-Albert road. The thin, determined line of British infantry in khaki uniforms are seen pouring rifle and machine-gun fire into the advancing German hordes, who charge from Longast Wood in the right background. In the foreground, a British artillery officer, clad in uniform and wearing a peaked cap, gives orders to a signaller to transmit messages to the battery behind. The scene is set against the backdrop of the devastated ruins of Ablainzeville in the distance. Two German sausage-balloons can be seen hovering over Longast Wood, providing observation and reconnaissance for the enemy. The open warfare at Bucquoy was a pivotal moment in the Great Battle on the Western Front, with both sides suffering heavy casualties. This poignant image serves as a powerful reminder of the bravery and resilience of soldiers during this tumultuous period in history.

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