British Photographs of World War I, 1914 - 1918
A series of photographs acquired by the War Department depicting the military activities and personnel of several nations during World War I, 1914-1918. The images were taken by British photographers and depict several major subjects within the series. They include major military campaigns of the war such as Somme and Ancre, Salonika, Dardanells, and the Mesopotomian Campaigns. In the process of showing these campaigns the photos reveal the marching of troops to the front; the living conditions in the trenches; the transportation and communication problems; the food supply movement; and the human misery behind battlefield experiences. The images also reflect the homefront commitment. This includes the role women play in the factories, food production, the medical support by nurses, work in munitions plants, and drivers of trucks and ambulances. Other photographs show the role political and military leaders play in the war. These views include images of King George of England, President Poincare of France, the King and Queen of Belgium, and Representatives of the U.S. Congress. The photos also show military leaders such as Sir Douglas Haig, Field Marshall Foch, General John J. Pershing and Admiral Mayo. There are images that reveal late 19th, and early 20th century equipment. These photos show naval vessels, cannon, tanks, and other motor vehicles along with horse drawn vehicles. And there are photographs depicting the use of new types of aircraft and aerial photography.