Camouflaged command post / Trench armour near Bullecourt 1917
Nothing on reverse.
Quite a remarkable photograph taken near Bullecourt circa 1917 - 18. The knocked out British tank ('586') in the background is actually being used as a German dugout. Not visible in this photo, but in others I have seen of the same tank, a small flag is located about where the two officers are standing, near the front of the tank. This flag denotes the dugout as a command post.
The tank is from British unit No. 11 Company, D Battalion and took part in the Battle of Bullecourt on 11 April 1917. Although some sources claim this tank had penetrated as far as Reincourt and Hendecourt, it is now known to have been disabled near the German trench lines.
Another item of interest is the 'trench armour' that can be seen stacked in a section of the trench. The Germans were really serious about body armour and, starting in 1916, had a large production run of an articulated body armour made of nickel/silicon armour, which in format was much like that used by the Roman Legions - the so-called 'Lobster armour'.
A few examples were provided to each Sector as trench stores, but like other designs, it proved to be too heavy and cumbersome in the stormtrooper type operations; but static machine gunners used them widely.