British officer served with A Coy, 1/5th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers on Western Front, 1917
REEL 1: Aspects of operations with A Coy, 1/5th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers on Western Front, 1917: description of role in attack at Low Farm, 7/Sep/1917; story of shooting down German aircraft; location of Coy HQ; story about soldier killed in pill box; story about CO Cpt Tickler asking for stretcher bearers; number of men in pill box; role of signallers; story of sending SOS signal to artillery with rifle grenade; tacit agreement with Germans to collect wounded after attack; description of pill box; duties reconnoitring front line prior to attack; description of trenches around Low Farm; story of suspicious soldier in Scottish uniform; nature of terrain; gun lines; billets; description of journey into line at Ypres; weather conditions; role of Bn in support of Manchester Bde; opinion of order from Div CO; opinion of Bn CO; duties writing letters to bereaved relatives; effect of continuous shelling; opinion of pill box defence; method of capturing pill boxes; opinion of senior officers
REEL 2 Continues: description of living conditions on Ypres Salient; attitude to rum ration; age of officers; attitude to discipline; story of attending court martial on Somme
The Battle of Verdun (21 February-15 December 1916) became the longest battle in modern history. It was originally planned by the German Chief of General Staff, Erich von Falkenhayn to secure victory for Germany on the Western Front.
'Over The Top'. 1st Artists' Rifles at Marcoing, 30th December 1917, by John Nash.
Brothers Paul and John Nash were both commissioned as official war artists during the First World War - Paul from 1917 and John from 1918. Prior to becoming official war artists, both of the brothers had seen active service on the Western Front.
The trench warfare of the Western Front encouraged the development of new weaponry to break the stalemate. Poison gas was one such development. The first significant gas attack occurred at Ypres in April 1915, when the Germans released clouds of poisonous chlorine.