Reinforcements... St Julien', 1917.

Reinforcements going forward through communication trenches to support men holding out at St Julien’, 1917. St Julien village, north-east of Ypres, was captured on the first day of the 3rd Battle of Ypres, 31 July 1917, by troops of the 39th Division, including 13th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. For the following two days the troops in the village were subjected to fierce German counter-attacks and at one point it had to be temporarily abandoned. On 3 August however, the village was reoccupied without serious opposition. One of 100 stereoscopic photographs associated with World War One, Western Front (1914-1918). From the collection of the former Buffs Regimental Museum. 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.