Source: IWM photo Q27221.

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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  • Aerial photo of a barrage, location and date unknown. As this photo shows, a barrage "covered" an area, but that really did not mean that nothing in that area could live. Most defenders in the shell-swept area would probably have their heads down, which was the goal, but they might well survive. This also shows that the shells did not all fall on a single line, even when they were supposed to. Source: IWM photo Q27221.