"Gas." Australian troops with respirators on posed for the camera in the advance trench, Garter Point, 4th Division

Collection of National Media Museum (Frank Hurley/Australian War Records Section)


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  • ken_davis 6y

    Later generations need to see these images to see what our forefathers suffered in these dehumanised conditions and remember that after the Second World War other bloody European conflicts have been more limited and perhaps we do have our politicians to thank for this?
  • David Smyth 6y

    they almost look alien like ...very good shot..
  • banjoray555 6y

    The Great War (First World War), and the "battle of the trenches", very sad for all parts,particularly for those who were invaded. Tragic historical mistakes that ordinary people must suffer and endure... Like always the Aussies and the Brits are great soldiers at war !!!
  • Keith Towers 6y

    My grandfather was in the ANZACS during the first world war. He died a year or two after demob from cancer brought on by mustard gas poisoning. He was 29 or 30 years of age and left a wife and three children (one my mother).
  • Pixel Wrangler 6y

    Photo caption from AWM:

    "Soldiers of the 45th Battalion wearing gas respirators in a trench at Garter Point, in the Ypres Sector. Identified, foreground working back: 2146 Corporal H Davis; 3696 Private (Pte) Thomas J Barrow; 5330 Pte Arthur Benfell. (Note by Sergeant A Brooksbank, Gas NCO, 10th Australian Infantry Brigade: 'Alert' and 'Alternative Alert' positions of wearing respirator haversack of small bos respirator of modern practical utility).

    Taken September 27, 1917, Western Front: Western Front (Belgium), Menin Road Area Garter Point"
  • Barrie Sutcliffe 6y

    This is horrifying.
  • azhar aziz 5y

    Its is th end of th world if this happen again.
  • quasymody 2y

    Many of Hurley's WW1 photos were staged after the event...a point which has given rise to endless debates...both at the time and subsequently. In Australia, Hurley was one of a number of artists, photographers, and writers whose works helped promote the narrative of the glorious war. He was a propagandist rather than a chronicler - and for me his photos suffer because of this.
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