2in Trench Mortar Ammo being moved to the front, 28 June 1916

2in Trench Mortar Ammo being moved to the front, 28 June 1916

Here we see 2in Trench Mortar ammo (or 'Toffee Apples') being carried to the Front at Acheux on the Somme on 28 June 1916. The 2in Trench Mortar was one of the most effective British trench weapons of the war. Here we see the round warheads being carred - long metal tails were added just before the weapon was fired. This work was part of the preparation for the First Battle of the Somme, which began three days later on 1 July 1916.

Many thanks to Osprey for allowing us to use this picture, which comes from:

Trench, Stephen Bull. Looks at the evolution of the defensive lines on the Western Front of the First World War, from the thin lines of 1914 to the elaborate defensive networks of the late war period and the weapons used to try and break the deadlock. Supported by some fascinating wartime illustrations from military manuals, along with contemporary trench maps. [read full review]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (19 May 2014), 2in Trench Mortar Ammo being moved to the front, 28 June 1916 , http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_2in_trench_mortar_ammo.html

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