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Extracts from British Army handbooks showing different artillery pieces
(Catalogue ref: a. MUN 5/124/1000/47, b. MUN 5/124/1000/49, c. WO 33/934)
  1a   1b   1c              
  1a   1b   1c              
  WO 33/934; British Army artillery  

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Study this source carefully. It contains information that could be useful in your presentation on life in the trenches. As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • What does each source tell you about new developments in technology and weapons during the war?
  • Do these sources suggest weapons became more powerful? Is this impression reliable based on just two pictures?
  • Can you work out from source 1c how the smoke bomb worked?
  • What do you think smoke bombs were used for?
  • What were the main purposes of the guns in sources 1a-b?
  • Which aspects of trench warfare do these sources provide information on?
  • How could any of these sources be used in your final presentation?
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