British gunners take a break during the bombardment of Zonnebeke, 1917

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Weapons of the Western Front

We explore some of the weapons used by the British Army on the Western Front during the First World War.

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A gun of the Elswick Battery during the advance from Lydenburg to Watervalonder, 1900

Boer War artillery volunteers

A rare Boer War naval gun, one of only three of its type remaining in Britain, sheds light on the largely unknown role of artillery volunteers in the South African war.

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Mark I tank C19 in Chimpanzee Valley during the Battle of Flers Courcelette, 1916

Attack of the tanks

In September 1916, the face of battle changed forever. On an unsuspecting enemy, Britain unleashed its new secret weapon - the tank.

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Vickers Machine gun, c1914

Weapons of the Western Front

We explore some of the weapons used by the British Army on the Western Front during the First World War.

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A soldier's life
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A soldier's life

Follow this gallery trail to find out what life was really like for a soldier in the First World War.

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