This photograph shows the position of a large mortar (indirect fire weapon that launches projectile bombs). These Italian mortars were especially appreciated for their firepower and accuracy, less for range: they were used extensively throughout the First World War. Many of these weapons were lost during the retreat from Caporetto in 1917.
- Article by:
- Paul Cornish
- The war machine
Senior Curator Paul Cornish looks at the developments in weaponry technology and strategy that led to the modern warfare of World War One, which was characterised by deadly new weapons, trench deadlocks, and immense numbers of casualties.