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British gun going to its position, Battle of Flanders, Ypres, Belgium, 1914

British gun going to its position, Ypres, Belgium. This shows a heavy artillery gun being transported along a road towards the Front. The gun, strapped to an eight-wheeled carriage, is being hauled by a tractor with massive tracked back wheels.

 

Heavy artillery guns were difficult and slow to move, so they needed to be manoeuvred into position well before a new offensive.

 

[Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. THE BATTLE OF FLANDERS. A big British gun going to its position.']

 

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Taken sometime in 1918