A trench on the front line

Description

This photograph shows a pneumatic trench mortar, an indirect fire weapon, being operated by a French soldier in a frontline trench. This mortar was a response to a German minenwerfer, a short-range mortar fire, which increased the number of direct hits on trenches. The French weapon represents a technological adaptation in response to the new face of warfare emerging during World War One.

Full title:
A trench on the front line
Published:
May, 1917
Format:
Photograph
Held by:
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Usage terms:
Public Domain

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