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Gunner writing a letter home

A man sits on some rough wooden planks, next to a pile of sandbags, and smokes a pipe as he concentrates on writing. In the background another man, also busy writing, has noticed the photographer and pauses to smile for the camera. Both men are in uniform and wear steel helmets. They are surrounded by sandbags and piles of shovels. In the background, a horseshoe has been nailed to a plank of wood, possibly for good luck.


This is a good example of the type of image often used by the Government and Military as propaganda. It reassured those at home to see images of dedicated soldiers writing home to their families.


[Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. BATTLE OF MENIN ROAD. Scene near Hooge. A gunner writing a letter home.']

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Taken circa 1918