Source: IWM photo Q51564.

From "The infantry cannot do with a gun less": the place of the artillery in the British Expeditionary Force, 1914-1918 by Sanders Marble

  • European: 1800-present
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  • Barbed wire before testing, Armentieres, 30 December 1914. While there is no other evidence of this particular wire-cutting test, these before-and-after photos show how little effect machine-gun fire had on barbed wire. They also show how slight a typical barbed wire entanglement was in the winter of 1914-15, and how thorough the BEF was in rigorously testing what was needed to solve the problems of barbed wire. Source: IWM photo Q51564.