Shelling near the British trenches, Western Front, during World War I. This photograph must have been taken by one of the official war photographers as it appears to have been shot from inside a frontline trench. It shows two great plumes of earth and stones erupting not far in front of the trench, as a result of German shelling. The constant danger and noise of the shelling caused many men to suffer from shell-shock, as well as more obvious and easily treated injuries. The name Alfieri in the corner of the print refers to the Alfieri Picture Service, Fleet Street, London, which appears to have been a Press picture distributor. [Original reads: 'German shell bursting close to our trenches.'].