31 July 1917

A British 18-pounder field gun battery taking up new positions close to a communication trench near Boesinghe on the opening day Third Battle of Ypres, 31 July 1917, Lieutenant John Warwick Brooke. Image courtesy Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 5723).

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30 July 1917

We had a pretty fierce go about a fortnight ago… Some of my best mates were killed, and I helped to bury them. It is very trying, I can assure you, when we have to go and bury our fallen mates after it is all over. I think that is the worst part of war. We don’t notice the fighting while we are at it. We go for it for all we are worth; but, while we are burying them, the sad part comes in.

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29 July 1917

Queen Marie of Romania, 1917. Image courtesy Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 76450).

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28 July 1917

British Tank Corps cap badge. Image in public domain.

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27 July 1917

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26 July 1917

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25 July 1917

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24 July 1917

Russian prisoners captured in the fighting near Tarnopol, July 1917. A German guard is searching a Russian soldier in the foreground. Image courtesy Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 86646).

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23 July 1917

It is a beautiful picture I look upon from out the office door… The Divisional Band is playing to a crowd of our boys, who are lolling about on the green grass. Then to the right a little way another group are playing cricket. Further away are the white tents showing up against the green grass, and then in the back-ground are the green fields and lovely foliaged trees on the hillside. No one could imagine a more beautiful and peaceful scene. War is certainly not in the air. I suppose my time is drawing very close now, and I will soon be up to the line.. I think the division is moving up Armentieres way again. I hope so, anyway, for the Somme is an awful graveyard of a place.

I was in a “scrap” with the Germans on May 15th on the famous Hindenburg line, and I was just enjoying the fun when I stopped one on the right hip, the bullet finding an outlet in the fleshy part of the stomach, just missing the vital parts. Another inch and I would have been “gone.”

Russian troops holding a meeting in the trenches during the general retreat. Note British officers amongst them. Galicia, July 1917. Image courtesy Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 109735).

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22 July 1917

Gotha IV bomber in flight. Image in public domain.

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