I have been collecting photographs and postcards of the Loos area for many years. A selection is included below. They are there for free use, but if you want to reproduce any in a book, publication or website, please email me first.

Paul Reed

bethune_town.jpg (95806 bytes) Bethune Town Cemetery in 1915. Bethune was the site of many Casualty Clearing Stations during the battle, and soldiers who died of wounds were buried buried here.
bully01.jpg (56995 bytes) Bully village. This image dates from 1914/15 and shows the village of Bully les Mines.
bullyADS01.jpg (696643 bytes) Bully Advanced Dressing Station 1915. This was the site of one of many ADS to treat the wounded coming back from the battle. This one would have dealt with men from the 47th (London) Division on 25th September.
doublecrassier1915.jpg (417367 bytes) Double Crassier 1915. This famous landmark was in the 47th (London) Division area of advance during the battle. It was a huge slag heap that could be seen from the British trenches.
double_crassier_1916.jpg (275092 bytes) Double Crassier 1916. An illustration from the History of the 47th (London) Division.
double_crassier01.jpg (607733 bytes) Double Crassier 1918. A photo from the History of the 47th (London) Division.
fosse5.jpg (85555 bytes) Fosse 5. The Loos area was a coal mining region with many mines; the pitheads were called 'Fosse' in French and numbered. The famous one on the battlefield was Fosse 8. This one - Fosse 5 - was located in the suburb of Maroc, close to the Double Crassier.
fosse10.jpg (86858 bytes) Fosse 10. This was further back, close to Mazingarbe. There was as an Advanced Dressing Station near here.
grenay01.jpg (85183 bytes) Grenay 1915. This village neighboured on Bully les Mines and was another mining suburb of nearby Lens. Behind the British lines in 1915.
loos006.jpg (64366 bytes) Loos Church 1915. Taken not long after the capture of the village, this shows the ruins of the church. It was not to stay in this condition for very long.
loos001.jpg (100312 bytes) Loos Church 1916. This is a French photograph of the ruins of Loos church from around 1916.
loos002.jpg (99525 bytes) Loos village 1915. This shows what was left after the village fell into British hands, and was then bombarded by the Germans.
loos005.jpg (116035 bytes) Loos Village 1915. A view in one of the streets after the capture of the village.
loos003.jpg (68536 bytes) Loos battlefield 1960s. This photograph was taken by author and historian John Giles in the 1960s and shows a view from the slopes of Hill 70 towards Hulluch.
panorma01.jpg (368922 bytes) Loos Panorama 1915 - Part 1: Tower Bridge to Hulluch.
panorma02.jpg (346075 bytes) Loos Panorama 1915 - Part 2: Double Crassier area.
loos007.jpg (101988 bytes) Tower Bridge 1915. This famous landmark was a set of lifting gear for the main pit in Loos-en-Gohelle. It stood at least 150 feet tall, and could be seen from the British lines prior to the battle. British soldiers called it 'Tower Bridge'. It was still in this condition when the village was taken on 25th September 1915.
towerbridge01.jpg (513858 bytes) Tower Bridge 1915. A view of the village of Loos and Tower Bridge.
loos004.jpg (54106 bytes) Tower Bridge 1960s. The original was destroyed by 1918. It was rebuilt and then the pit decommissioned and closed in the 1960s. Author and historian John Giles took this photo of the replacement just prior to its demolition.
loos_trenches1915.jpg (172447 bytes) Front Line trenches, Loos area 1915. This photo is from the History of the 47th (London) Division and shows London Regiment men in the trenches at Maroc in 1915.
mazingarbe01.jpg (92420 bytes) Mazingarbe Chateau 1914. Mazingarbe was a small village behind the British lines in 1915. There were headquarters and medical posts in the chateau.
mazingarbe02.jpg (95227 bytes) Mazingarbe School 1914. The school was taken over as billets by British troops in 1915.
noeux02.jpg (64131 bytes) Noeux-les-Mines. A billets area just behind the British lines, it was under constant shell fire.
noeux03.jpg (68491 bytes) Noeux-les-Mines church 1914.
vermelles07.jpg (132604 bytes) Vermelles Chateau 1915. Vermelles was an important village just behind the British lines. The chateau was used as an Advanced Dressing Station during the Battle of Loos.
vermelles01.jpg (103151 bytes) Vermelles Church 1915.
vermelles02.jpg (94872 bytes) Vermelles 1915. Houses damaged by shell fire.
vermelles03.jpg (99361 bytes) Vermelles 1915. A communication trench leading towards the front line area. Probably an early war, French, trench as it is straight - and probably not much used by the British when they occupied Vermelles.
vermelles04.jpg (89987 bytes) Vermelles 1915.
vermelles06.jpg (117619 bytes) Vermelles school 1914.

ŠPaul Reed 2005

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