Friday, 30 October 2015


British 6 inch howitzer at IWM Duxford

Saturday 30th October 1915: Captain P R Meautys of the 7th Bedfords reports that yesterday morning a mine was exploded close to their lines. This was accompanied by grenades and mortar bombs from the enemy which resulted in retaliation by British artillery. This sort of sporadic activity is what causes so many men to be killed from stray explosions of bombs, grenades and shells in trenches which are very close to one another at this point, meaning that the shell that lands in a trench is almost as likely to be from one’s own side as from the enemy.

Source: X550/8/1

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