High explosive shells bursting in Mametz Wood.

Stereoscopic photograph: ‘High explosive shells bursting in Mametz Wood, hotly contested with the Prussian Guards, finally taken July 1916’. Mametz Wood on the Somme was attacked by the 38th (Welsh) Division on 7 July 1916. The shell-blasted wood was heavily fortified with machine guns, trenches and mortars. During five days of bitter fighting the division suffered nearly 4,000 men killed or wounded. Although most of the wood was cleared of the enemy by 12 July, fierce German counter-attacks continued in the days that followed. Stereoscopic photograph, World War One, Western Front (1914-1918), 1916. One of 100 stereoscopic photographs associated with World War One. 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. One of 100 stereoscopic photographs associated with World War One, Western Front (1914-1918). From the collection of the former Buffs Regimental Museum.