of my World War One material is either by H. D. Girdwood, an English company,
who sold their views under the trade name 'Realistic Travels' and concentrated
on the British troops and UK market, or Keystone which concentrated on
US troops, the U.S. market, and entered the war with the U.S. in 1917.
Due to the high gloss and exaggerated curve, the Keystone views do not
scan very well. They will therefore almost all be of far higher quality
than they appear on the screen. The Keystone views all have a full text
description on the back - the Realistic Travels views do not.
Please click here for a high quality scan which gives a true indication of the quality.
Girdwood's views have more immediacy and action. They were issued in sets of between 50 and 500 views so the numbering sequence is pretty muddled. Customers could also pick out the views they required and so a box or collection may have non-sequential numbering. They come on Underwood-type mounts or on lighter mounts with curved or beveled edges. These are interchangeable and most views appear on both types of mount.
are ALL condition 8, 9 or 10 and priced at $8 each unless otherwise mentioned.
and shelters - Cantonment in the Race Course at Flirey, France'.
up large searchlight in advance lines, Vosges Sector'.
in protected position near enemy lines'.
soldiers resting in the trenches'.
on the enemy over the sand dunes. British contingent in Belgium'.
Condition. Light stains in sky and some production creases.
preparing barbed wire for Front Line - Lempire, Meuse, France'.
spray captured from the Austrians in the District of Capitello in Italy'.
in a trench kitchen underground on the Salonika Front'.
a trench mortar in a hillside dugout on the Serbian Front'.
trenches in Chemin des Dames sector'.
Condition. Slight split at bottom of right image.
trenches in the Croisettes Wood showing officers in consultation just half
an hour before an attack on the Somme Line'.
about to enter tear-gas trench, Camp Dix, N.J.'.
dugouts in holes under huge rocks in Belleau Woods, France'.
the stage for the Devil's play - French Front'.
barbed wire entanglements - Reserve officers in training camp, Ft. Sheridan,
'Ready for the great Somme push, officer
and signallers keep a sharp look-out over the Sausage valley'.
observation officer in forward post regulates our barrage during the advance
fighting throughout the night we valiantly resist the furious enemy onslaught
troops leaving by a sap on a night operation to cut off the Huns holding
on to Villers-Bretonneux'.
infantry maxim gun going into action'.
'An enemy blockhouse seized at
Poelecappelle is quickly converted into a machine-gun nest'.
troops make use of a Jerry dugout captured in the Great Allied Advance
at Bapaume, Aug. 1918'.
repair light railway near Hangard, damaged by shell-fire during the struggle
railway pushed forward by ROD through old canal at Lens, to bring up supplies
for front line'.
section laying cable - each wagon holds several miles'.
field telephone lines during a gas attack at the Front'.
air lecture on signal rockets and lights. Slight damage to bottom right
corner of mount'.
line section of signal corps putting up telegraph line along a Flanders
section putting up telephone wires communicating with headquarters'.
Signals; lorry winding up telegraph wire'.
post waiting in the open for an opportunity to advance'.
field radio outfit at the Front in France'.
observers telephoning headquarters from the Front, on the Marne'.
artillery in the village of Perthes Hurlus'.
going forward thro' communication trenches to support men holding out at
de Puydraguen coming out of a trench near Lac Blanc in the Vosges Section'.
Watch and Indians hold an important sector of the line near Fauquissart
Post guarding Calais'.
through periscope the effects of bursting German shells'.
shell expected, bomb gun section of Seaforths taking cover'.
post in a shell-swept building, held by our troops'.
of war at Sulva Bay, transported thousands of miles by our Merchant Marine'.
left by the Germans in their retreat from Soupier, Alane, France'.
Clyde grounded on V Beach during our dramatic landing on the shell-swept
shores of Sedd-al-Bahr'.
W, a Turkish death-trap rushed by indominitable Lancasters under a tornado
of fire, unloading stores'.
Fort, Namur, levelled by Hun howitzers in their ruthless smash through
Belgium, Aug. '14'.
by bombs from our aeroplanes, a German fortified redoubt protecting Ostend
from the sea'.
to guard against our naval raids on Ostend, the famous Tirpitz battery,
with Hun inscription'.
house which resisted all bombardments in the Hun attempt to force the Yser
sand blockhouse, the only means of fortification in the deserts of South-West
dugouts, Nieuport'. Geo. Nightingale Battlefield Series on thin mount.
pill box in the Blanc Mont Sector, Champagne'.
Pompelle near Reims, France'.
E. on Italian Front. Foreground, Italian trenches of resistence built after
territory was won from the enemy'.
a nearly completed pontoon bridge in the French sector of the West Front'.
For the world's events have rumbled on since those gagged days,
Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways:
And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow
Like clouds in the lit heaven of life; and you're a man reprieved to go,
Taking your peaceful share of Time, with joy to spare.
But the past is just the same--and War's a bloody game...
Have you forgotten yet?...
Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you'll never forget.
you remember the dark months you held the sector at Mametz--
The nights you watched and wired and dug and piled sandbags on parapets?
Do you remember the rats; and the stench
Of corpses rotting in front of the front-line trench--
And dawn coming, dirty-white, and chill with a hopeless rain?
Do you ever stop and ask, 'Is it all going to happen again?'
you remember that hour of din before the attack--
And the anger, the blind compassion that seized and shook you then
As you peered at the doomed and haggard faces of your men?
Do you remember the stretcher-cases lurching back
With dying eyes and lolling heads--those ashen-grey
Masks of the lads who once were keen and kind and gay?
you forgotten yet?...
Look up, and swear by the green of the spring that you'll never forget.
Siegfried Sassoon. 1920
To page one - Troops on the move
To page two - Troops at rest
To page three - Transport
To page four - Guns and gunners
To page six - Battle scenes
To page seven - Battlefield landscapes, prisoners
To page eight - Miscellaneous and war damage
To page nine - The wounded, the fallen, war graves
To page ten - Officers, victory parades
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