Heavy howitzer in action near Ypres | National Library of Scotland

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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.’

Original URL: http://digital.nls.uk/first-world-war-official-photographs/pageturner.cfm?id=74546178

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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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