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A large scale British advance on Bapaume, France, a key city controlling access to the plains north of the Somme. Bapaume changed hands four times in the war--first taken by the Germans during their initial invasion in 1914; then by the British in March 1917; then by the Germans during their 1918 Spring Offensive; and finally retaken by the British in late August 1918. Below: Additional British troops headed for Bapaume pass through Albert with its damaged cathedral.

Below: An improvised roadside meal for British soldiers on the move.

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