Batch three of this photograph album from the collection of Major General Sir Edward Spears captures the vicissitudes of war on the Western Front in vivid detail. Spears, a fluent French speaker, provided liaison between the British and French armies. He later pursued a political career as an MP during the interwar period.

This selection includes portraits of daily life including the preparation of food in a makeshift mess and playing cards to pass the time, German prisoners of war and wounded soldiers, and soldiers marching to the front, their faces turned to the camera one last time. Blasted buildings and landscapes vie for attention with a handsome biplane, while officers conduct inspections and walk side by side, deep in conversation.

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Date

1915

Specific Place(s)

Western Front, France

Archive reference

SPEARS 10/1

Related Archive catalogue

SPEARS, Maj Gen Sir Edward Louis (1886-1974) 

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