Two tanks put out of action near Stirling Castle, in the Ypres sector during the attack on 20 September 1917. Taken while the fighting was continuing further forward, the photograph shows an ...
ID numberE02327
Collection typePhotograph
Object typeBlack & white - Glass original half plate negative
MakerHurley, James Francis (Frank)
Place madeBelgium: Flanders, West-Vlaanderen, Ypres
Date made20 September 1917
DescriptionTwo tanks put out of action near Stirling Castle, in the Ypres sector during the attack on 20 September 1917. Taken while the fighting was continuing further forward, the photograph shows an unidentified soldier who had leaned against the nearest tank to die, and another who had been killed behind the further tank on the ground. This is an original Paget Plate negative. The same image is available in colour and is held at P03631.209. The tank in the background is a Mark IV female. The rear face of the right hand sponson has been blown out. Attached to the tracks are 'grousers' or 'spuds' - extensions which assist the tank travelling on soft ground. The tank in the foreground is a Mark IV male. Its right hand unditching rail has been blown away from its hull front. Covering the tank's tracks and exhaust is a camouflage net, presumably put in place after the tank became disabled.