A trench on the front line



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.


Ce mortier français est une réponse au Minnenwerfer allemand. Il permettait d’atteindre les tranchées adverses grâce à un tir courbe ce que ne pouvait effectuer le canon de 75 qui équipait les unités d’artillerie françaises en 1914. Il représente une adaptation technologique au nouveau visage de la guerre.

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A trench on the front line
May, 1917
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Bibliothèque Nationale de France
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