A team of men struggle to move a gun into position. They are using ropes and sheer brute strength in an attempt to manoeuvre it. As is so clearly illustrated here, moving a piece of heavy artillery across the muddy and uneven terrain of the Front was fraught with difficulties. Big guns were widely used as an offensive weapon by both sides during the war. In particular, Howitzers were favoured by both. They fired at a high trajectory, enabling the shell to travel over obstacles before dropping into position - this was particularly useful for trench warfare. This could not, however, be achieved with a field gun, which fired at a flat trajectory and, as such, hit the first obstacle in its path. [Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. Moving a gun into position.'].