A Vickers machine gun team in gas masks, 1916 (c)
Photograph, World War One, Western Front (1914-1918), 1916.
The machine-gun was one of the dominant weapons on the First World War battlefield. When established in a fixed defensive position and sited specifically to cover potential enemy attack routes it was a fearsome weapon. Infantry assaults upon such positions invariably resulted in high casualties.
From an album of 22 official photographs.
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National Army Museum, Out of Copyright
National Army Museum, Study collection