"Limbers carrying up ammunition at sunset." IMAGE: FRANK HURLEY/STATE LIBRARY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

One photographer's heartbreaking first-person account of WWI's Western Front

After years stranded in Antarctica, Frank Hurley returned to find civilization tearing itself apart.

British soldiers 1917 - Men of the East Yorkshire regiment, silhouetted, make their way around shell craters at Frezenberg, during the Third Battle of Ypres 01-Sep-1917 EMEP0269133

British soldiers 1917 - Men of the East Yorkshire regiment, silhouetted, make their way around shell craters at Frezenberg, during the Third Battle of Ypres ©Mary Evans/Robert Hunt Collection / The Image Works

THE GERMAN WITHDRAWAL TO THE HINDENBURG LINE, MARCH-APRIL 1917

WWI, 24 March near Arras: A raiding party from the Battalion, Scottish Rifles (Cameronians) returning covered by the barrage seen behind them. ©IWM Q 5102

THE BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE, JULY-NOVEMBER 1917

WWI, 22 August Scots Guards moving up to the trenches near Boezinge. Battle of Passchendaele. ©IWM Q 2755

War and Conflict, World War I, (1914-1918) Western Front, France, pic: October 1917, A silhouette photograph shows a British anti-aircraft gun being loaded in the Battle of Broodseinde Ridge

War and Conflict, World War I, Western Front, France, pic: October A silhouette photograph shows a British anti-aircraft gun being loaded in the Battle of Broodseinde Ridge

A single soldier on his horse, during a cavalry patrol in World War I. At the start of the war every major army had a substantial cavalry, and they performed well at first. However, the development of barbed wire, machine guns and trench warfare soon made attacks from horseback far more costly and ineffective on the Western Front. Cavalry units did prove useful throughout the war in other theatres though, including the Eastern Front, and the Middle East.

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THE BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE, JULY-NOVEMBER 1917

After years stranded in Antarctica, Frank Hurley returned to find civilization tearing itself apart.

Relieving Battalion, 4th Battalion, Dorset Regiment, marching up to the line in the evening, on a road near Ypres, 5th September 1917.

Q Relieving Battalion Battalion Dorset Regiment marching up to the line in the evening on a road near Ypres September

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Q An ammunition limber on a road near Ypres September

Nov 7 1917 American troops on the roof of a Nissen Hut in Camiers

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Nov 7 1917 American troops on the roof of a Nissen Hut in Camiers

"The World's most infamous highway, the Menin road on a winter's sunset." IMAGE: FRANK HURLEY/STATE LIBRARY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

One photographer's heartbreaking first-person account of WWI's Western Front

After years stranded in Antarctica, Frank Hurley returned to find civilization tearing itself apart.

Pike Grey 1914-1918 on

Silhouettes, Silhouette

WWI covered live on Twitter: "New-York Tribune Sep 30 1917 Italian soldier at the much fought over Cima Lana and Pordoi Pass https://t.co/a5oBiPzHKE https://t.co/PEth8iQRgM"

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WWI covered live on Twitter: "New-York Tribune Sep 30 1917 Italian soldier at the much fought over Cima Lana and Pordoi Pass https://t.co/a5oBiPzHKE https://t.co/PEth8iQRgM"

File:Manchester Regiment working party Ancre Jan 1917 IWM Q 1792.jpg

A working party of the Manchester Regiment moving up to the trenches near Serre in France, January 1917

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s Liverpool Reg, Div, practicing an attack near Blaireville, Wailly April

(311) C.2494 - Troops moving up at eventide - men of a Yorkshire regiment on the march  IWM Q 2978 http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205194704

Oct 5 1917 Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment going up to the line near Frezenberg during Third Battle of Ypres…

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