Gunners setting [sic] time fuses | National Library of Scotland

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Four uniformed men stand next to a wooden table. It is a sunny day and all four men are standing in their shirtsleeves. The man on the left is carrying a rifle in a soft case, over his right shoulder.

Gunners pictured replacing the plugs used for the safe transportation of 6″ Howitzer shells with fuses. Time fuses were used with shrapnel shells, designed to burst in the air. Percussion fuses were used with high explosive shells, intended to bust on contact with the ground.

Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. Gunners setting time fuses.’]

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About Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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