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Aug 8 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of #Amiens. This battle ushered in the #HundredDays offensive and saw some of the most decisive victories of the war #thread πŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸΌ
Photograph is: "Scene at Field Ambulance Dressing Station," by William Rider-Rider, August, 1918. LAC MIKAN 3397054 #Amiens100
The Hundred Days also saw the culmination of William Rider-Rider’s career as Canada’s third and final official photographer. (seen here in: [Portrait of William Rider-Rider, ca. 1917, unattributed, @I_W_M Β© Q 113992).
Rider-Rider was a pre-war press photographer who had once worked for the Daily Mirror alongside Canada’s second official photographer, Ivor Castle.
Rider-Rider had attempted to enlist for the war in 1915, but was turned away for his near-sightedness. He was later taken on as a phys-ed instructor for the Suffolk Regiment.
Early in 1917, the Canadian War Records Office realized that documenting the war from the perspective of four divisions was a big job for one guy--so they decided to hire another guy! Ivor Castle was joined by his former colleague, Rider-Rider.
When Rider-Rider arrived in France that June, Castle returned to London to organize an exhibition of his photographs (primarily from #VimyRidge). Though the CWRO had wanted 2 photographers in the field, Castle rarely returned to France after that summer.
Rider-Rider would photograph the Canadians throughout the #HundredDays - a journey that would take him all the way to Mons on the morning of November 11, 1918.
Photograph is: β€œA German munition train in Mons Station, which the enemy were unable to take away”, by Rider-Rider, November, 1918, LAC MIKAN 3397979 #FWW #warphotos #HundredDays
If we judge by the negative numbers, R-R took about 650 photographs in the #HundredDays - but his work has yet to be substantially analyzed by any historian. SO! Join along with me as I share his photographs over the next few months. And here are a few to kick us off -
Photograph is: β€œCanadians resting in shell hole made by our artillery,” Rider-Rider, August, 1918, LAC MIKAN 3522211 #warphotos #Amiens100
β€œA Tank passing 8th Field Ambulance, Hangard." Rider-Rider, August 1918, LAC MIKAN 3395386 #Amiens100 #Toronto
β€œCanadians digging in and waiting for the next wave to pass through them and go forward during the Battle of Amiens,” Rider-Rider, August 1918, LAC MIKAN 3194816.
β€œ60-pounders getting into action,” Rider-Rider, August 1918, LAC MIKAN 3522236 #warphotos
β€œFrench Cemetery where Canadian & French lines met,” Rider-Rider, August, 1918, LAC MIKAN 3403960.
(And this one's a little later in the month) - β€œCanadians advancing through swamps of River Sensee, 200 yards from Remy. Advance East of Arras.” Rider-Rider, August, 1918, LAC MIKAN 3522245.
SO - as you see images being shared online that are cited as "Canadian Official" or maybe just by the name of the collection they reside in today, @LibraryArchives and @CanWarMuseum, don't forget that Canadian official photos of the #HundredDays were taken by Rider-Rider.
Naming the individual matters - just like a painter, the product he creates is the sum of all of his personal choices of what to shoot, what not to shoot, and how to frame it #Amiens100 #FWW #warphotos

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Aug 19, 2018
Today marks the 76th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. It's a great example in why it's important to cite your photography sources whenever possible. Wanna know why? Thread πŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸΌ
Photograph is: Personnel landing craft draw away from a motor torpedo boat to start their run-in to the beaches during the raid on Dieppe, unattributed, August 1942, LAC MIKAN 3194301 #Dieppe
In 1939, the Canadian Army didn't have a plan for how it would hire photographers. January 1940, the Public Relations Office (PR) is set up in London. They are able to begin hiring photographers.
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Aug 16, 2018
I mentioned before that Rider-Rider shows us quite a few captured POWs during #Amiens, but he also shows us captured guns. LAC MIKAN 3397896 & 7887.
For the gear heads in the group: 7.7cm FK 96 n.a. field gun, colloquially referred to as a "whizz-bang" b/c of the sound of the shell in the air & detonating, and a 15 cm sFH 02 heavy howitzer since claimed by the 13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada).
I pulled that right off of LAC because I'm not an arms expert. If the info is wrong, don't @ me. Email LAC and tell them to update their records πŸ€“πŸ˜‚
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Aug 1, 2018
William Rider-Rider documents wounded arriving at a Canadian Field Dressing Station during the Battle of Amiens. August 8-12, 1918 LAC MIKAN 3397055 #warphotos #FWW πŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸΌ
Rider-Rider's photographs from July 1918 represent a regression to the static behind-the-lines documentary photographs Harry Knobel had taken in 1916. They show us subjects like distinguished visits, the dentist and men getting haircuts.
Completely reminiscent of Harry Knobel's photographs showing us camp cooks and soldiers at rest billets.
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Jul 24, 2018
Thomas Keith Aitken was back in the Bois de Reims #onthisday in 1918, photographing the Battle of Tardenois. He took (at least) 16 photographs, and below are some highlights πŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸΌ #warphotos #thread
Photograph is: Men of the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (62nd Division) examining a captured German Maxim 08/15 (Spandau) machine gun with French and Italian officers. Β© IWM (Q 11107)
War photographers like Aitken frequently demonstrated Allied success in the photographs by showing us equipment taken from the Germans. Here are men of the 62nd btn again with a Maxim 08/15, Β© IWM (Q 11104).
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Jul 23, 2018
Thomas Keith Aitken was also out making photographs on 23 July 1918 - #thread πŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸΌ
Battle of Tardenois. British (62nd Division) and French soldiers in action in Bois de Reims, Β© IWM (Q 11110) #warphotos #FWW
Battle of Tardenois. French troops and a soldier of the British 62nd Division escorting German prisoners who are bringing back British and French wounded. Bois du Reims, Β© IWM (Q 11099)
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