WWI / PHOTOGRAPHY: Third Army. Panorama no. 588 made on 28. 5. 18 From J 30 B 85 80
A long WWI British photographic-topographical panorama of the area around Hébuterne, France, showcases the detailed terrain, held at the time by the British Third Army with divisions of soldiers from New Zealand and Australia.
Place and Year: Hébuterne: May 28th 1918.
Technique: 11 silver gelatin photographs, originally joined with linen stripes, 15,5 x 199 cm / 6.1 x 78.3 inches (minor staining, in general in a good condition).
A documentary military topographical photograph is showing the terrain around the French town Hébuterne, which was during WWI a part of the Battle of the Somme. The photography was made from the viewing point from a trench, where soldiers’ heads are visible in the corners.
Hébuterne was a part of several battles during the war. In the beginning of June 1915, the Battle of Hébuterne took place between the French Second Army and the German Empire, and a year later in 1916, it was a part of the infamous Battle of the Sommes.
In April of 1918, shortly before our photo was made, the parts of the region were taken over by the Third Army under command of Field Marshall Julian Byng, who later served as Governor General of Canada. The Divisions were also composed of soldiers from New Zealand and Australia.