German Railway gun captured at the Battle of Amiens - WW1
A huge German Railway gun captured at the Battle of Amiens on 8th August 1918 became a source of some Allied controversy. The Australian 31st Battalion effected its capture, but, in the wake of the continued Allied advance, the gun received a large painted inscription stating that the gun had been captured by the British 4th Army (see picture) of which the ANZAC Corps was a component. A thorough investigation was made of the circumstances of the gun's capture - an insightful example of the contested nature of war material involving notions of identity and ownership - before it was finally transported to Australia for public display (AWM Archive). The gun was originally intended for naval use, mounted in the battleship SMS Hessen. Date: 1918
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
'Tobacco jar made from a 4 5' Howitzer shell case'
'Tobacco jar made from a 4.5' Howitzer shell case, dated 1915, with a matching lid. The base has copper handles and a copper inscription which reads 'Tobacco' decorated with copper oak leaves. Copper items on lid of jar include miniature pipe, matchbox, tobacco pouch and handle. Trench Art'
© David Cohen Fine Art/Mary Evans Picture Library
Mr Balfour visiting howitzer on Western Front, WW1
Arthur Balfour (central figure in flat cap) as Foreign Secretary in David Lloyd George's wartime coalition government, viewing a 9.2-inch British howitzer during his visit to the Western Front (location unknown) in the autumn of 1916. On the right is Sir Philip Sassoon, private secretary to Earl Haig during World War One, also an MP, art collector and society host. Date: 1916
© Mary Evans Picture Library/Pump Park Photography