British tank amid the ruins of Bapaume...', 1918.

British tank amid the ruins of Bapaume wrecked in the furious artillery duels in the Battle of Amiens’, 1918. Bapaume had been devastated during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. The town had been a target for the British on the first day of the offensive, but it was not liberated until the Germans withdrew to the Hindenburg Line in February-March 1917. The Germans then reoccupied the town during their Spring Offensive of March 1918. Bapaume was finally liberated for good by the New Zealanders on 29 August 1918. From a collection of 96 stereoscopic photographs entitled ‘The Great War’ including the official series. Stereoscopic photograph, World War One, Western Front (1914-1918), 1918. Stereographs consist of two identical photographs paired in such a way that when seen through a special viewing instrument, a stereoscope, they appear as a three-dimensional images. By 1899 the photographs were mounted on thick card that was given a slight curvature to increase the illusion of depth.