Taken from the bottom of a huge crater, the photographer has pointed his camera skyward and captured Mr Massey, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, and his entourage standing at the edge of the crater looking down. The photograph gives an excellent impression of the sheer scale and size of the crater. Mr Massey and his group are viewed here as small black figures against the skyline. This particular crater is very possibly the one at La Boisselle, France. During the Battle of the Somme, 1916, mines were used in an attempt to break through enemy lines. One of the largest mines laid was at La Boiselle. The crater that resulted from the explosion was vast, and is still visible today. [Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH FROM THE WESTERN FRONT. - Mr. Massey and his party on the lip of a huge mine crater.'] From the papers of Field Marshal (Earl) Haig (1861-1928)
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