Mark II tanks, 1917.

Our men using a German gun on the retreating Germans. Two ‘Mark II Tanks (C21 and C26) of ‘C’ Battalion The Tank Corps go into action during the Battle of Arras. Over 50 Mark IIs took part in that engagement and several were knocked out by German gunners firing armour-piercing machine gun ammunition. From an album of 76 official photographs, 1916-1917. Associated with World War One, Western Front (1914-1918).Artillery was the most destructive weapon on the Western Front. The ability to destroy enemy troop concentrations, wire, guns and fortified positions with artillery became key to any successful operation. The guns could fire shrapnel or high explosive shells, as well as poison gas.