'Reserve troops waiting to move up to the forward area', France, WWI, 1916.
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British soldiers during the Battle of the Somme in northern France. A group of British soldiers stand silhouetted on a ridge in the early morning light. They are waiting in reserve near the village of Thiepval. During the Battle of the Somme the village of Thiepval was converted by the Germans into a formidable fortress. Heavy casualties were suffered by British troops during repeated attacks until the 51st Highland Division took the position in September 1916. Photograph from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers.