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58705: Various photographs and postcards of German 'Big Bertha' 15" Gun at Chuignes

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posted on 2024-02-23, 23:00 authored by Great War Archive Project Team

Various photographs of a 15" naval gun (erroneously captioned 16") in static mounting at Chuignes, known as 'Big Bertha'. The Chuignes Gun was used to bombard Amiens, and was captured by the 1st Australian Division, having been destroyed by the Germans on 8th August 1918, to prevent it falling into Allied hands. The man posing for the camera in the barrel of the gun is Revd. Pearson.

Part of the photograph and scrap album of Revd. Leonard Thomas Pearson, Army Chaplain's Department (attached No. 44 Casualty Clearing Station), discovered in a skip and deposited with the Bodlian Library. Revd. Pearson was interviewed by Lyn Macdonald for her book 'The Roses of No Man's Land', which contains two extracts and a photograph.

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Creator

Pearson, Leonard Thomas

Subject

Pearson, Leonard Thomas

Date

September - December 1918

Date Created

01/09/1918

Temporal Coverage

31/12/1918

Source

Multiple

Medium

Photographic paper

Type

Multiple

Pages

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Number of Pages

7

Contributor

Richard Marshall | Stuart Lee | P Vainker

Rights

The Great War Archive, University of Oxford / Primary Contributor

Publisher

The Great War Archive, University of Oxford

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