|Object type||Black & white - Glass original half plate negative|
Unknown Australian Official Photographer
|Place made||France: Picardie, Somme, Corbie Albert Area, Morlancourt|
|Date made||9 July 1918|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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The furthest post towards Morlancourt taken by the Australians during the advance. It is within ...
The furthest post towards Morlancourt taken by the Australians during the advance. It is within bombing distance (less than forty yards of the enemy). These trenches were taken by the 58th and 59th Battalions on 4 July 1918, in a night attack on the enemy positions at Morlancourt on the Ancre River. The attack was carried out simultaneously with the Battle of Hamel some miles to the south on the Somme and was completely successful. The American soldiers are two of a party of ten or twelve attached to the 15th Australian Infantry Brigade about this time for purposes of instruction. Back row, left to right (behind sandbags): 2856 Private (Pte) H. J. Ahearn, B Company, 58th Battalion; American soldier. Front row: American soldier; 2945 Pte A. G. Pontifex, B Company, 58th Battalion; 4760 Lance Corporal N. Rintel, B Company, 58th Battalion; 8837 Pte G. R. Piper, B Company, 58th Battalion (sitting, partially obscured); 1782 Sergeant A. Zimmer, B Company, 58th Battalion.