Source: IWM photo Q832.

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

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  • Shell-torn barbed wire, near Mametz, July 1916. While heavy shells could cut gaps in barbed wire, as this picture shows, they created another obstacle: craters. Until the 106 fuze was available in large quantities in the spring of 1917, the most effective weapon for cutting the bulk of barbed wire was 18-pounder shrapnel fire. Source: IWM photo Q832.