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Forgotten Images From the Western Front: Negatives Discovered in a Rusty Metal Box Reveal Devastation of French Battlefields at The End of The First World War

Posted by admin on Jan 29, 2014

This astonishing collection of photographs was discovered in a rusty metal box by Peter Berry Ottaway, 71, in the home of his late grandfather, Hubert Ottaway, who was a sapper (or combat engineer) in the Territorial Army between 1914 and 1919.

He captured the rare images while he was stationed in northern France. He worked with the Light Engineers Railway Companies who were tasked with supplying communication lines towards Belguim and upgrading trenches. Hubert’s pictures provide a unique glimpse into life on the Western Front in the final 18 months of the Great War.

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