Royal Garrison Artillery officer ‘laying’ (i.e. aiming) a 15” Siege Howitzer, the heaviest calibre gun used by the British Army in the war.
Note the chains on the left belonging to the crane for lifting the shells. Each weighed 1400 lbs. In the background the bombed out cottages can also be seen.
Uniform details suggest picture taken after the spring of 1916.
Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. A heavy howitzer in action near Ypres.’
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