Great Push: The Battle of the Somme 1916 (Images of War) Издательство:
Pen and SwordISBN:
It was too good an opportunity to miss for many officers in the British Army when, in 1914 and 1915, they sailed across the Channel with the BEF – they took their cameras with them to record the historic events unfolding in Europe. Soon photographs of British soldiers in the trenches began to appear in newspapers and magazines throughout this country. The War Office decided it had to be stopped – far too much information presented on a plate to the enemy.
Official cameramen – only – would take the images the nation thirsted for, thus control would be firmly with the authority conducting the war. Otherwise, illicit cameras were banned. This action coincided with the Allies' planned offensive against the German areas of occupation of France. In 1916, Sir Douglas Haig, commanding the BEF, began his great offensive to drive the invaders off the ground they had been occupying for over a year and a half.