Page six, battle scenes

Most 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.
 
 

These are ALL condition 8, 9 or 10 and priced at $8 each unless otherwise mentioned.
 
 


'Huge shell bursting in the enemy lines warn the Huns of an impending attack'. Same view as last from further away.
Order #10403.
 


'Trapped German submarine driven inshore and blown clean out of the water'.
Order #10404.
 


'Advance guard of the South African Infantry firing on the retreating Germans'.
Order #10405.
 


'On the run! In hot pursuit we cross the Canal du Nord by improvised bridges, raked by shell-fire'.
Order #10406.
 


'On the run! In hot pursuit we cross the Canal du Nord by improvised bridges raked by shell-fire'.
Order #10407.
 


'The most terrifying of all bombardments; the merciless gas-shells'.
Order #10408.
 


'In the thick of a gas attack; our lads ready for the enemy'.
Order #10409.
 
 


'Smoke-bomb dropped by our airmen to indicate the range to the artillery'.
Order #10411.
 


'The bursting of our high-explosive shells, which nothing could withstand, shatter the Hun defences'.
Condition. Production lines at the bottom.
Order #10412.
Price $6.
 


'In touch with Von Vorbeck's column, drawing fire of enemy hidden in jungle, to ascertain his strength'.
Order #10413.
 
 
 


'Mounted brigade under Gen. Van Deventer executing a far-flung encircling movement'.
Order #10416.
 
 


'At dawn, in a determined rush, we carry the fortified Hun entrenchments in Trones Wood by assault'.
Order #10417.
 


'Manchesters advancing with Maxim gun to a threatened point'.
Order #10418.
 
 


'Our impetuous infantry storm and seize the successive entrenchments of the Wotan Line near Queant'.
Order #10419.
 
 


'Holding the line near Dickebush before the final assault on Messines Ridge, June 7th 1917'.
Order #10420.
 


'Bombing the Boche out of their deep dug-outs near Martinspuich during our advance on Somme'.
Order #10421.
 
 


'Our troops charge forward into Bernafay Wood and clear the Bosche out of their entrenchments'.
Order #10423.
 


'Our troops charge forward into Bernafay Wood and clear the Bosche out of their entrenchments'.
Order #10424.
 


'North Country troops bomb Hun machine-gunners out of their lair in Polygon Wood, September 1917'.
Order #10425.
 


'Our troops occupy Houthouist Forest the combined British and Belgian attack having ousted the enemy'.
Order #10426.
 


'Our gallant infantry charging the German positions on a Balkan hillside'. Unlikely, noting the tropical uniform. I have seen this view located in East Africa which seems much more likely.
Order #10427.
 


'A stiff bit of fighting on the Ngura hillsides, East Africa'.
Order #10428.
 


'The true bull-dog rush of our troops at the Dardanelles'. Once again - looks like cost-cutting by Realistic Travels.
Order #10429.
 


'Scouts cautiously feeling for the enemy through trackless and impenetrable jungles of East Africa'.
Order #10430.
 
 


'Machine-gun section of the Manchesters changing firing position'.
Order #10431.
 


'Amid the smoke of battle in one irresistable onslaught, Colonial troops seize the German position'.
Order #10432.
 


'Fearless Colonials coming up to consolidate trench taken in a surprise attack by the first line'.
Order #10433.
 


'The parapet of captured trenches hastily reversed and strengthened to withstand counter-attack'.
Order #10434.
 


'A fine charge by the Leicesters baffles the Kaiser's bid to wipe out the Old Contemptibles, Ypres'.
Order #10435.
 


'Gurkha battalion repairing trenches damaged by German bombardment'.
Order #10436.
 


'Dislodging the enemy house by house in obstinate fighting at Langemarck'.
Order #10437.
 


'Capture of a Hun blockhouse in the Hindenburg line at Croiselles, wrecked by our artillery preparation'.
Order #10438.
 


'Capture of a Hun blockhouse in the Hindenburg line at Croiselles, wrecked by our artillery preparation'.
Order #10439.
 
 
 


'Cautiously working their way across the shell-swept plains of Picardy in the great Somme push'.
Order #10441.
 


'At close grips with the Hun, we bomb the "Cockchaffers" out of their concrete strongholds at Pilkem'.
Order #10442.
 


'Amid the havoc of war our troops carry on, passing the smoking ruin of Monchy on the way up the line'.
Condition 6.
Order #10443.
Price $5.
 


'Our gallant fighters charging over pontoon bridge constructed in four hours'.
Order #10444.
 


'Our cavalry pursues the defeated enemy therough the ruined villages and completes his final rout'.
Order #10445.
 


'With spirit unconquerable, soldiers of King Albert defend the line of the Yser against the Germans'.
Order #10446.
 


'The Germans retaliate - a Hun high explosive shell bursting near one of our dumps hidden in a wood'. See next view.
Order #10447.
 


'Column of earth from explosion of a British mine under a German position'. Indicates that any caption would do for an anonymous explosion.
Order #10448.
 


'Highlanders skirmishing through a ruined village linked up with our trenches'.
Order #10449.
 


'"On all sides round a great furnace flamed" - German attack, North Compiegne, France'.
Order #10450.
 


'French reserves watching their comrades going into "The Valley of the Shadow"'.
Order #10451.
 


'Our magnificent infantry on the fighting line in East Africa'.
Order #10452.
 


'Our magnificent infantry in the firing line in East Africa'.
Order #10453.
 


'Shells bursting in ruined French village'.
Order #10454.
 


'Huge shell hole beside a highway, France'.
Order #10455.
 


'Watching "the crimson chorus of the guns", playing to the enemy'.
Order #10456.
 


'"Enemy airman successfully bombed one of our suppy trains", Official Report'.
Order #10457.
 


'French mine explosion under enemy trenches'.
Order #10458.
 


'On a night raid, our troops steal into the inky dark'.
Order #10459.
 


'Through gas and smoke our troops advance to the final assault of Passchendaele Ridge'.
Order #10460.
 


'Leicesters repulsing a counter attack on their newly won positions'.
Condition. Mount split thru center.
Order #10461.
Price $3.
 


'Indian bombers holding an important sector near Neuve-Chapelle under Bosche shell fire'.
Order #10462.
 


'Our fearless men fighting against great odds mine the bridges and retire across the Cozat Canal'.
Order #10463.
 


'Our fearless men fighting against great odds mine the bridges and retire across the Cozat Canal'.
Order #10464.
 


'Knocked out! A nest of Hun machine-guns which held up our advance at Monchy, Battle of Arras'.
Order #10465.
 

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 To page two - Troops at rest

 To page three - Transport

 To page four - Guns and gunners

 To page five - In the trenches, over the top, fixed defenses, communications, materiel

 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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