This fourth instalment of a photograph album belonging to liaison officer, Edward Spears, provides revealing testimony to the routine of the First World War: parades, inspections, decoration in battle, tactical observation of the disposition of enemy forces, conversation and dialogue. The engineering of war is evident in the trenches, dug-outs and remnants of mine explosions.

The photography captures both the fleeting – the moment a gun carriage passes through a town square, say – alongside the choreographed, such as a group portrait of French officers, with whom Spears sitting comfortably cross-legged.

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Date

1915

Specific Place(s)

Foncquevillers, Western Front, France

Archive reference

SPEARS 10/1

Related Archive catalogue

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

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