Western Front Photography

Fields of Battle: 1914 - 1918

THE WESTERN FRONT

THE WESTERN FRONT

A collection of photographs of First World War battlefields such as Argonne, the Marne, St Mihiel, Somme, Verdun, Vimy, the Vosges and Ypres as they are today.

2008 - OTTAWA EXHIBITION

2008 - OTTAWA EXHIBITION

Fields of Battle - The Western Front. An exhibition created for the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa to mark the 90th anniversary of the Armistice in 1918.

PASSCHENDAELE EXHIBITION - 2007

PASSCHENDAELE EXHIBITION - 2007

An exhibition commissioned by the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 to mark the 90th anniversary of the battles of Messines and Passchendaele [3rd Ypres] in 1917.

AISNE and MARNE: The Aisne, Belleau Wood & the Marne

AISNE and MARNE: The Aisne, Belleau Wood & the Marne

The rivers of the Aisne and the Marne formed natural defence lines where in 1914 the "miracle of the Marne" saved Paris.

ARGONNE - Argonne & Butte de Vauquois

ARGONNE - Argonne & Butte de Vauquois

The Argonne is a small battlefield of wooded hills and its most remarkable feature is the Butte de Vauquois with its shattered hill top and extensive complex of fighting mines and tunnels.

ARTOIS - Arras, Aubers, Fromelles, Loos, N. D. de Lorette and Vimy

ARTOIS - Arras, Aubers, Fromelles, Loos, N. D. de Lorette and Vimy

The industrial heart of northern France, its coalfields were of great strategic importance during the war and bitterly contested until the end of the war.

CHAMPAGNE

CHAMPAGNE

For four years the trench line ran eastwards from Reims to the Argonne across the open rolling countryside of Champagne but there was little movement until 1918 when the Americans began their offensive.

CHEMIN DES DAMES

CHEMIN DES DAMES

Chemin des Dames. Fought over for most of the war it was the setting for the disastrous Nivelle offensive in April 1917 when the French suffered 140,000 casualties in the first 4 days and many units then refused to continue the assault.

FLANDERS - Yser, Ypres, Messines and Ploegsteert

FLANDERS - Yser, Ypres, Messines and Ploegsteert

Flanders mud became the epitome of the horror trench warfare as the fighting for Ypres dragged on through four bloody years of fighting.

GALLIPOLI: 1915 - 1916

GALLIPOLI: 1915 - 1916

The rugged Gallipoli peninsula was one of the most hard fought campaigns of the First World War. Deserted for most of the year apart from shepherds and their ferocious dogs, it is a region of great beauty whose jagged landscape still bears the traces of war.

LORRAINE - St Mihiel, Eparges and Bois le Pretre

LORRAINE - St Mihiel, Eparges and Bois le Pretre

Four years of continuous fighting in the St Mihiel alient left is mark in the craters, ruined villages, battered trenches and vestiges of military camps amidst the woods which are seldom visited except by hunters.

PICARDY - Cambrai, Hindenburg Line & the  Somme,

PICARDY - Cambrai, Hindenburg Line & the Somme,

From Roman times Picardy has been the scene of battles - Crecy, Agincourt amongst them - but in WW1 it was the scene of some of the most bitter and prolonged fighting along the entire Western front.

VERDUN 1916: The treadmill of death for French and Germans.

VERDUN 1916: The treadmill of death for French and Germans.

The tortured landscape of Verdun testifies to the battle that was "a complete war in itself, inserted in the Great War" and which became "the mill on the Meuse which ground men's minds and bodies".

VOSGES - Le Linge, Hartmannswillerkopf, Tete des Faux

VOSGES - Le Linge, Hartmannswillerkopf, Tete des Faux

The trench and bunker systems built amidst the summits and forest of these beautiful mountains are some of the most complete to be found along the Western Front.