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Effect of a high explosive shell on the ground alongside a road

Effect of a high explosive shell on the ground alongside a road

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Almost as if a meteor had smashed into the earth, this image shows two British soldiers surveying the damage following the explosion of a large shell. The soldier standing in the bomb crater helps to give a good idea of the craters depth. Deep craters such as this one, combined with endless rows of dead and branchless trees, helped to give the front line its surreal atmosphere of otherworldliness that veterans of the conflict often described. ..Giant bomb craters such as this one were caused by heavy artillery. When the bloody stalemate of the trench system became apparent, the field commanders asked for more long-range field guns. Some of the heavy howitzers fired shells weighing over 900kg for distances of up to 18 kilometres. However, the army also specified that these heavy guns must be light enough to be pulled over muddy and rough terrain...[Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. The effect of a high explosive shell on the ground alongside a road.']..digital.nls.uk/74549066 ( http://digital.nls.uk/74549066 )
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Date

1914
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Location

Les Moineaux, 36330 Arthon, France46.71067, 1.71819
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National Library of Scotland
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