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An American machine gun crew firing during an advance against entrenched Germans during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. 1918.

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First World War. German fleet surrendering to the English. First German U-boat near the Towerbridge. London, 1918.

This photo demonstrates the often monstrous sizes of WW1 guns aiming to hurl huge projectiles as far as 25 miles. This one is most likely a coastal gun, its breach being calibrated by technicians. Firing these monsters required the crew to stay well clear of the gun -- as far as 50 meters from the breach -- and fire it by a pull cable. The resulting blast easily blinded those uncaring ones who insisted on looking. The force of the combustion required re-sighting the gun after every shot.