Source: IWM photo Q42236.

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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  • Balloon view of the bombardment of Roclincourt, 23 September 1915. This photo shows how sparse a bombardment could be—especially in 1915, with the shell shortage looming over all plans—and how important aerial observation was. In terrain this flat, ground-level observation was nearly useless, and a house or tree used as an observation post would soon have been bombarded. Source: IWM photo Q42236.