Mortar bombs in a reserve trench ready for use, September 1916.

The trench was located at St. George’s Hill near Fricourt on the Somme. Bombs like these would be fired from mortars at a steep angle so that they fell straight down on the enemy. Such weapons were ideally suited for trench warfare, especially where the lines of the combatants were very close together. Lantern slide from a box of 50 lantern slides associated with the Navy, World War One, 1914 (c). One of 29 boxes of lantern slides. Associated with World War One, War at Sea, (1914-1918).