On this day: British troops near Ypres

The Battle of Passchendaele. British troops photographed 9th August, 1917. Belgium. First World War. By John Warwick Brooke.

This photograph by John Warwick Brooke, dated the 9th of August, 1917, shows British troops involved in the Battle of Passchendaele (also known as the Third Battle of Ypres) in Belgium. The battle lasted for over three months, from the end of July to November.

Note the camouflage materials on the back of one of the wagons.

The Chilwell Disaster Anniversary

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The factory in 1917.

Today is the 101st anniversary of the Chilwell munitions factory explosion, when 134 people were killed and another 250 injured in England during the First World War.

Chilwell became known for its “Canary girls“, women who worked in dangerous conditions constructing TNT shells for the British military. Photographs of the women were used to promote the British war effort.

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Eight tons of TNT blew up in the disaster, and the explosion was heard twenty miles away. Because so few victims were identified a mass grave now stands nearby.

The site of the factory became a military installation, which will close in 2021.

March 1917

Ruins in the village of Puisieux, Pas-de-Calais, France. March 1917. First World War. The British entered the region on the 28th of February. World War One. By War Photographer Ernest Br

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British troops entered the commune of Puisieux, Pas-de-Calais, France on the 28th of February, 1917, and proceeded to document the destruction they found.

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The photographs were taken by Ernest Brooks, who was the British military’s first official war photographer, and who made a name for himself documenting the First World War.

Winter at War

Mametz_Western_Front_(Frank_Crozier)Anzac soldiers in the snow near Mametz, France at the end of the Battle of the Somme. 1916-17. By Frank Crozier (1883–1948), Australian official war

Anzac soldiers in the snow near Mametz, France at the end of the Battle of the Somme. 1916-17. By Frank Crozier (1883–1948), Australian official war artist.

From the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

On this day: the Battle of Pilckem Ridge continues

Battle of Pilckem Ridge 31 July - 2 August stretcher bearers struggle in mud up to their knees to carry a wounded man to safety near Boesinghe on 1 August 1917 First World War

By John Warwick Brooke, Britain’s second official war photographer.

The Battle of Pilckem Ridge, part of the larger Battle of Passchendaele in the First World War, was fought between the 31st July and the 2nd of August, 1917.

In this photograph, British soldiers struggle through thick mud to carry a wounded man to safety near Boesinghe (Boezinge) on the 1st of August.

On this day: the Battle of Passchendaele

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The Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, was fought between the Allies and the German Empire in the First World War.

Part of the larger Battle of Pilckem Ridge, Passchendaele began on the 31st of July, 1917.

This photograph, taken on that first day, shows German prisoners and British wounded crossing a canal near Boesinghe (Boezinge) in Belgium.

On this day: an anniversary of women at war

7th July 1918: British members of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps work on a car in Étaples, France.

Exactly one year earlier the WAAC was formed as the women’s unit of the British Army. In the final sixteen months of the First World War some 57 000 women served.

THE WOMEN'S ARMY AUXILIARY CORPS ON THE WESTERN FRONT, 1917-1918. Fitters of the WAAC at work on a car at Etaples, 7 July 1918.