Loading a 15-inch howitzer on the Somme, 7 August 1916.

Loading a 15-inch howitzer at Englebelmer Wood on the Somme, 7 August 1916. World War One was an artillery war. Artillery dominated the battle field and inflicted more casualties than any other weapon. Heavy artillery was used to destroy entrenched positions and dug outs. Howitzers, which gave a steep angle of shell descent, were better suited than traditional field guns for this task. From an album of 22 official photographs. Photograph, World War One, Western Front (1914-1918), 1916.