(Images of medals are for representation only, actual size and color may vary from that shown.)
'Gordon Highlanders are uncoiling some belts of barbed wire so as to make a new line of defence.'
These soldiers would have been part of a working party.
It is unlikely that these defences are in the frontline, since none of the soldiers are carrying weapons.
Deadly coils of barbed wire such as these, with no-mans land in-between, guarded both sides of the frontline defences on the Western Front. With the trenches so well guarded, only an element of the unexpected could overturn the many advantages held by the defending army.
[Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. Gordons preparing wire entanglements to take up to the line.']
Photographer: John Warwick Brooke, of the Topical Press Agency.
[Picture: Courtesy of National Library of Scotland.]
(Original Picture, has been enhanced and revived by Graeme Watson, 2016)
Picture: Header, The first patrol entering Cambrai. The Great War (First World War) World War I hand-coloured photograph
from an exhibition of war photograph's in natural colour produced by Colart's Studios, Melbourne, in the 1920s.
[Picture: Courtesy of State Library of New South Wales, flickr - No known copyright restrictions.] (Edited: Artistic Blur by Graeme Watson, 2016)