|Object type||Black & white - Glass original whole plate negative|
Unknown Australian Official Photographer
|Place made||France: Picardie, Somme, Amiens Harbonnieres Area, Hamel Area, Hamel|
|Date made||4 July 1918|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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The second stage of the barrage in the battle of Hamel, showing how the flares died out after the ...
The second stage of the barrage in the battle of Hamel, showing how the flares died out after the first shock of the attack on 3.10 a.m. had passed and the smoke hid the shell bursts. 'The smoke barrage was really the most fascinating spectacle of the whole attack. The dim light before dawn enlarged and distorted the smoke clouds to monstrous shapes, which were lit up feebly, and thereby the more terribly, by the flashes of the bursts. Here and there a brilliant rocket soared up from the doomed lines . . warning of the supposed usual gas-strafe'.