View of the wrecked Town Hall at Bapaume. Early on the morning of the 26 March 1917, two companies of the 22nd Battalion moved into Bapaume to billet in the Town Hall. Their move, was by accident, ...

Collection ID E00419
Collection type Photograph
Title View of the wrecked Town Hall at Bapaume. Early on the morning of the 26 March 1917, two companies of the 22nd Battalion moved into Bapaume to billet in the Town Hall. Their move, was by accident, ...
Object type Black & white
Maker Unknown Australian Official Photographer
Place made France: Picardie, Somme, Albert Bapaume Area, Bapaume
Date made 26 March 1917
Copyright Copyright expired - public domain

View of the wrecked Town Hall at Bapaume. Early on the morning of the 26 March 1917, two companies of the 22nd Battalion moved into Bapaume to billet in the Town Hall. Their move, was by accident, delayed for an hour. In the brief interval between the departure of its later occupants and the arrival of the companies, the building was blown up by an ingenious clockwork mine left by the enemy, and the men, instead of taking over their promised billet, were given the task of shovelling it off the road.

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