On this day: the conclusion of the Battle of the Ancre

Part of the Battle of the Somme, the Battle of the Ancre was fought in France between the 13th and 18th of November, 1916, between combined British and French forces and the German Empire.

The battle resulted in a British victory and German defeat.

 Field kitchen of the 2nd Battalion of the Manchester Regiment on a water-logged site. X

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Battle of the Ancre. Field kitchen of the 2nd Battalion of the Manchester Regiment on water-logged site. Near St.Pierre Divion, November1916.

Water refilling point on the Ancre River. X

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Battle of the Ancre. Water refilling point. The Ancre River, showing the causeway of the Mill Road, across it. Hamel-St. Divion road, November

 A Royal Flying Corps working party in a mine crater at Beaumont Hamel, captured in the battle. 13th November. X

Beaumont_Hamel_mine_crater_Nov_1916_IWM_Q_2006 A Royal Flying Corps working party in a mine crater at Beaumont Hamel, captured in the Battle of the Ancre, 13th November 1916.

A British Army Chaplain helps a wounded German prisoner on the first day of the battle. X

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Battle of the Ancre. An Army Chaplain of the Army Chaplains' Department helping along a wounded German prisoner taken on the 13th of November

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The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Battle of the Ancre. An Army Chaplain of the Army Chaplains' Department helping along a wounded German prisoner taken on the 13th of November

13th November 1916: On the first day of the Battle of Ancre – part of the larger Battle of the Somme – a British Army Chaplain helps a wounded German prisoner near Aveluy Wood.

Waiting for Battle

A British sentry is photographed here in the lead-up to the Battle of the Somme. Seen on the 28th of June, 1916 – three days before the months-long battle began – he watches from outside Café Jordan, Mailly Maillet, France.

The photographer was Ernest Brooks, a Englishman most famous for his work in the First World War.

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Q720 A British mounted sentry outside Cafe Jordan, Mailly Maillet, 28th June 1916. The Battle of the SOmme.

On this day: Preparations for Battle

This image is of the British Army preparing mortar ammunition in Acheux, France for the infamous Battle of the Somme in the First World War. The image is dated the 28th of June, 1916, while the battle began on the 1st of July, resulting in over a million casualties (about one third of the soldiers who fought).

The battle concluded on the 18th of November.

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Q749 The Battle of the Somme Trench mortar ammunition behind the lines. Acheux, 28th June 1916.

On this day: Heading to War

28th June 1916: British troops near Doullens, France head to the front to begin the Battle of the Somme.

This infamous First World War battle claimed the lives of about a third of the three million soldiers who fought from the start of July until mid-November.

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_The regimental transport of the 10th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment (Hull Commercials) marching to the front line; near Doullens, 28th Jun

Winter 1916

Pow_Winter_Recreation_Art_IWMART17084 German Prisoners of War Recreation Alexandra Palace London 1916 First World War One

This painting, from the collection of the Imperial War Museum, shows German prisoners of war playing in the snow outside Alexandra Palace in London.

At the beginning of the First World War the area housed Belgian refugees, but as the war continued it was transformed into an internment camp for Germans and Austrians.