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High explosive shell exploding in a building in Amiens

Amiens under shell-fire, France, during World War I. This photograph appears to have been taken just moments after a large shell has exploded. Smoke and dust are billowing out from buildings further up the street. A hose-pipe lies in the road, probably left after tackling an earlier fire. The Germans used a huge gun mounted in a railway wagon, to shell Amiens from their lines some 16 miles (25 kilometres) away.

 

[Original reads: 'No1. A high explosive shell exploding in a building in Amiens and . . . See No 2.']

 

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Taken circa 1918