Somme Gun

‘Some jolly gunners and their pet.’

A group of men from the Royal Regiment of Artillery, photographed alongside a long-barrelled field gun. For the occasion, they have chalked the words, ‘Somme gun’ on the side of the barrel. The men are well wrapped with non-uniform scarves, gloves and a balaclava. In purely military terms, the heavy artillery of both sides was in many ways more important than any other weapon. It could fire into the opposing trenches with little risk to their own side and could effectively keep the enemy in the trenche

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