Russian soldiers [pose] before the attack, 1916

Russian soldiers [pose] before the attack, 1916
Soldats russes [posant] avant l’attaque

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Here is some info about the image:

The pic is taken by George H. Mewes, a British photo journalist who was appointed official photographer to the Russian Imperial Army. His caption, “The company of the 7th Regiment of Chasseurs pose for the camera, 1915”.

To Russia, with camera.

While Brooks chose to document the British war effort his Daily Mirror colleague George Mewes chose a different path.
Mewes had originally joined the Grant brothers in early August 1914 but after only a short time in Belgium he travelled to Russia and the Eastern Front where he stayed while embedded with the Russian Army.

Mewes quickly struck up a strong rapport with his hosts and was appointed official photographer to the Russian Imperial Army.
As well as making a photographic record of the army’s fortunes he also wrote a series of articles which were syndicated around the world. As the only western journalist present at the siege of Warsaw his description of the fall of the city, the cost to the population and to the soldiers that defended it is a remarkable piece of early 20th Century journalism and it quickly became a publishing sensation back in London.

“On July 27th, while I was at the Narev line, terrific fighting was going on, the Germans concentrating an irresistible artillery fire on the Russian trenches, smashing earthworks flat and killing men by the thousand. The situation was serious, for a break through then would have caught a big part of the Warsaw armies in a trap. On this occasion the Germans did gain a footing in our line. They were attacking with enormous forces. To the south- east of the Narev I was told they had ten divisions dug in, yet by a stupendous effort they were checked for the time being. The Russians, in a counter-attack, drove back the enemy and captured seven hundred and fifty prisoners and five machine guns.”

George Mewes, from his account of the fall of Warsaw For Mewes though, working in the days long before email and digital photography the challenges of getting photographs home were immense. Every glass-plate picture Mewes took and all the articles he wrote had to be sent overland back to Petrograd where hopefully a courier could be found to take them back to the UK and the offices of The Daily Mirror in London.

http://ww1photos.mirror.co.uk/

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