Troops billeted in a wrecked factory, 8 March 1918.

Troops billeted in a wrecked factory hanging out their washing, Bapaume, 8 March 1918. Much of the area around 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. One of 193 British and Allied Official photographs taken on the Western Front during World War One. Mounted on card, some with their original captions. Associated with World War One, Western Front (1914-1918).