Two soldiers are set against a background of the muddy wasteland of the Front, with devastated trees on the skyline. One is half sitting, half lying in the mud with his rifle on the ground beside him. It is not clear if he is injured or just exhausted. Beside him another soldier is standing, trying to clean the mud off his rifle.
In this photograph John Warwick Brooke, the likely photographer, has captured the mud and exhaustion of the trenches.
[Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ON THE FRONT IN FRANCE. Out from the trenches, one has a rest, the other cleans his rifle.']