View from one of the front-line posts established by the 1st Division in pushing forward east of ...

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Accession Number E02493
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original half plate negative
Maker Unknown Australian Official Photographer
Place made France: Nord Pas de Calais, Nord, Merris
Date made 17 June 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Description

View from one of the front-line posts established by the 1st Division in pushing forward east of Hazebrouck. In front is Lieutenant L. G. Riches MC of the 11th Battalion sitting on a German field gun abandoned in no man's land, which was bombed with rifle grenades a few minutes later. A German outpost was 150 yards away. About this time in 1918 the Australian infantry began to corrode the enemy's line by a series of extraordinarily successful raids. From posts such as this small parties of all brigades constantly raided the posts opposed to them. In the foreground is the opening of a communication sap previously used by the enemy.