The photographs of Frank Hurley taken at the Western Front,1917.

Photographs and text courtesy Australian War Memorial

   
  
 
  
    
  
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    Supporting troops of the 1st Australian Division walking on a duckboard track near Hooge, in the Ypres Sector. They form a silhouettte against the sky as they pass towards the front line to relieve their comrades, whose attack the day before won Broodseinde Ridge and deepened the Australian advance.   Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Menin Road Area, Hooge, 5 October 1917     

Supporting troops of the 1st Australian Division walking on a duckboard track near Hooge, in the Ypres Sector. They form a silhouettte against the sky as they pass towards the front line to relieve their comrades, whose attack the day before won Broodseinde Ridge and deepened the Australian advance. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Menin Road Area, Hooge, 5 October 1917

 

 A scene along the Ypres Road, showing a tired Battalion coming out to rest after participating in the fierce fighting during the Third Battle of Ypres.

A scene along the Ypres Road, showing a tired Battalion coming out to rest after participating in the fierce fighting during the Third Battle of Ypres.

 Five Australians, members of a field artillery brigade, passing along a duckboard track over mud and water among gaunt bare tree trunks in the devastated Chateau Wood, a portion of one of the battlegrounds in the Ypres salient. Left to right: 34158 Gunner (Gnr) James Macrea Fulton, 110 Battery, 10th Field Artillery Brigade; Lieutenant Anthony Devine; Sergeant Clive Stewart Smith. It has also been claimed that the third soldier from the left is 34451 Gnr Hubert Lionel Nichols with his brother 25180 Gnr Douglas Roy Nichols, immediately behind. The Nichols brothers both served in the 110th Howitzer Battery. All the identified men in this group served in 4th Australian Division artillery units. The last man in the group is unknown.  Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Menin Road Area, Chateau Wood. 29 October 1917.

Five Australians, members of a field artillery brigade, passing along a duckboard track over mud and water among gaunt bare tree trunks in the devastated Chateau Wood, a portion of one of the battlegrounds in the Ypres salient. Left to right: 34158 Gunner (Gnr) James Macrea Fulton, 110 Battery, 10th Field Artillery Brigade; Lieutenant Anthony Devine; Sergeant Clive Stewart Smith. It has also been claimed that the third soldier from the left is 34451 Gnr Hubert Lionel Nichols with his brother 25180 Gnr Douglas Roy Nichols, immediately behind. The Nichols brothers both served in the 110th Howitzer Battery. All the identified men in this group served in 4th Australian Division artillery units. The last man in the group is unknown.  Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Menin Road Area, Chateau Wood. 29 October 1917.

 The debris lined road through Chateau Wood to Westhoek Ridge, in the Ypres sector. An unidentified soldier runs across the road between two abandoned limbers and piles of wood. The wood is comprised of denuded tree trunks, bare of branches. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Menin Road Area, Chateau Wood. 5 November 1917.

The debris lined road through Chateau Wood to Westhoek Ridge, in the Ypres sector. An unidentified soldier runs across the road between two abandoned limbers and piles of wood. The wood is comprised of denuded tree trunks, bare of branches. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Menin Road Area, Chateau Wood. 5 November 1917.

 Four unidentified soldiers walking along a duckboard track across the otherwise impassable mud at Garter Point, near Zonnebeke, in the Ypres sector. The wire entanglements fronted the recent German line, prior to its capture by the Australian troops. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Menin Road Area, Garter Point. 22 October 1917.

Four unidentified soldiers walking along a duckboard track across the otherwise impassable mud at Garter Point, near Zonnebeke, in the Ypres sector. The wire entanglements fronted the recent German line, prior to its capture by the Australian troops. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Menin Road Area, Garter Point. 22 October 1917.

 View of the gateway to the battlefield of Ypres through Chateau Wood, in the Ypres Salient. Note the soldier in the foreground, taking cover behind the shell damaged tree trunk. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Menin Road Area, Chateau Wood. 5 November 1917.

View of the gateway to the battlefield of Ypres through Chateau Wood, in the Ypres Salient. Note the soldier in the foreground, taking cover behind the shell damaged tree trunk. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Menin Road Area, Chateau Wood. 5 November 1917.

 Members of the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company excavating at Hooge, in the Ypres Sector. Work on these dugouts constituted a record for Tunnelling Companies employed under such conditions, for the ground, in close proximity to the famous Hooge Crater, was a shell churned marsh and soakage was heavy. Accommodation was dug for two Brigades and Headquarters of one Machine Gun Company. Commenced on 5 June 1917, the task was completed and dugouts handed over to the 2nd and 3rd Infantry Brigades on 19 September, for the use of the troops engaged in the operation of the following day. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Menin Road Area, Hooge. September 1917.

Members of the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company excavating at Hooge, in the Ypres Sector. Work on these dugouts constituted a record for Tunnelling Companies employed under such conditions, for the ground, in close proximity to the famous Hooge Crater, was a shell churned marsh and soakage was heavy. Accommodation was dug for two Brigades and Headquarters of one Machine Gun Company. Commenced on 5 June 1917, the task was completed and dugouts handed over to the 2nd and 3rd Infantry Brigades on 19 September, for the use of the troops engaged in the operation of the following day. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Menin Road Area, Hooge. September 1917.

 A large group of unidentified Australian troops resting along the town's moat and ramparts. The following day marked the entry of Australian troops into the Third Battle of Ypres, with the 1st and 2nd Australian Divisions taking part in operations. The entrances to the dugouts, built into the ramparts, can be seen behind the soldiers. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Ypres Area, Ypres. 19 September 1917.

A large group of unidentified Australian troops resting along the town's moat and ramparts. The following day marked the entry of Australian troops into the Third Battle of Ypres, with the 1st and 2nd Australian Divisions taking part in operations. The entrances to the dugouts, built into the ramparts, can be seen behind the soldiers. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Ypres Area, Ypres. 19 September 1917.

 A large group of unidentified Australian troops resting near the famous moat and ramparts of the town. The following day marked the entry of Australian troops into the Third Battle of Ypres, with the 1st and 2nd Australian Divisions taking part in operations. Note in the background the dugouts built into the ramparts (centre) and several shell damaged buildings. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Ypres Area, Ypres. 19 September 1917.

A large group of unidentified Australian troops resting near the famous moat and ramparts of the town. The following day marked the entry of Australian troops into the Third Battle of Ypres, with the 1st and 2nd Australian Divisions taking part in operations. Note in the background the dugouts built into the ramparts (centre) and several shell damaged buildings. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Ypres Area, Ypres. 19 September 1917.

 Busses conveying the 2nd Division to the Ypres sector passing through the town, along Herberg Street. Belgium: Flanders, West-Vlaanderen, Vlamertinghe. 26 October 1917.

Busses conveying the 2nd Division to the Ypres sector passing through the town, along Herberg Street. Belgium: Flanders, West-Vlaanderen, Vlamertinghe. 26 October 1917.

 Ypres Sector, Belgium. 25 October 1917. Australians on the way to take up a front line position in the Ypres Sector. The ruins of Ypres, including the Cloth Hall, can be seen in the background. 25 October 1917.

Ypres Sector, Belgium. 25 October 1917. Australians on the way to take up a front line position in the Ypres Sector. The ruins of Ypres, including the Cloth Hall, can be seen in the background. 25 October 1917.

 Green bushes and trees still struggling for life in the ravaged city. This is an original Paget Plate negative. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Ypres Area, Ypres. September 1917.

Green bushes and trees still struggling for life in the ravaged city. This is an original Paget Plate negative. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Ypres Area, Ypres. September 1917.

 View of a shrine near a demolished church at Ypres. Though the surrounding buildings were almost obliterated this shrine, remakably enough, was not damaged. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Ypres Area, Ypres. 2 November 1917.

View of a shrine near a demolished church at Ypres. Though the surrounding buildings were almost obliterated this shrine, remakably enough, was not damaged. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Ypres Area, Ypres. 2 November 1917.

 Men wounded in the Ypres Battle waiting along the Menin Road to be taken to the clearing station. German prisoners are assisting with stretcher bearing. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Ypres Area, Ypres. 20 September 1917.

Men wounded in the Ypres Battle waiting along the Menin Road to be taken to the clearing station. German prisoners are assisting with stretcher bearing. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Ypres Area, Ypres. 20 September 1917.

 An unidentified Australian in the right foreground surveying the bombed building in the ruined city of Ypres. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Ypres Area, Ypres. 3 September 1917.

An unidentified Australian in the right foreground surveying the bombed building in the ruined city of Ypres. Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Ypres Area, Ypres. 3 September 1917.