Here is just a small selection of contemporary postcards and photographs with a brief caption for each to afford some context. Just click on the thumbnail to see the whole image with the text.
A young Officer of the Royal Artillery.
Surprised-looking Private wearing an Other Ranks service tunic and bandoilier for carrying ammunition.
The other side of the barbed-wire – Germans in the trenches
A post card sent from the front – showing idealised conditions in the trenches
A humorous card poking fun at the citizen army.
An example of the endless humorous Post Cards poking fun at the Germans. This card was sent domestically and is a great example of how the war became part of daily life – the message was completely un-war-related.
An infamous image – The Wiltshires advancing during “The Great Push”. This kind of image of men in high spirits was used as propaganda back home. Many similar images were staged for official press release – although many were natural and unstaged.
The Tower Bridge – A bridge structure at Loos that was affectionately known as the Tower Bridge for obvious reasons. It was never rebuilt after the war.
An example of the sort of photograph that can be found in contemporary newspapers; here’s a Second Lieutenant of the DLI