The Great War, I was there - Part 19

THE ‘SAN -FA IR Y -ANN ’SPIRIT Shells, machine-gun and rifle fire and all the countless horrors that surrounded a soldier in battle brought many a man to breaking-point as the storm of the Great War rolled on from year to year. But after the first battle of the Somme in 1916 no troops showed a finer fortitude or stouter hearts than the British rank and file. Here is a little scene in a rest camp to which the gallant Anzacs had marched after smashing their way into Pozieres. Only a short time before, the fellow who is seen calmly and cheerfully shaving, had been, with hundreds of his comrades, in the midst of a death-dealing action. He personifies the spirit of all the heroes of the Somme. Imperial War Museum 737 T
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