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File:Battle of Messines - destroyed German trench.jpg

English: This is a disturbing image of a destroyed German trench. In the foreground the limp bodies of dead German soldiers lie amidst the rubble. It is difficult to distinguish the soldiers from the chaos around them, but three bodies are clearly visible. One man, wearing a helmet, has been pushed forward by the blast and, although dead, appears to crouch forward. The entire scene is a maelstrom of mud, splintered wood and dead bodies.

Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. Smashed up German trench on Messines Ridge with dead.'

Photographs from the Haig "Official Photographs" series
Date 1917
National Library of Scotland.JPG This image is available from the National Library of Scotland under the sequence number or Shelfmark ID D.1520 and under the Digital Archive ID number 74547058
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  1. It is a photograph created by the United Kingdom Government and taken prior to 1 June 1957; or
  2. It was commercially published prior to 1963; or
  3. It is an artistic work other than a photograph or engraving (e.g. a painting) which was created by the United Kingdom Government prior to 1963.

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