Fire away!

written by Anna on February 24, 2014 in Content and Europeana 1914-1918 with 2 comments

You probably wouldn’t associate cannons with entertaining pictures, but we’ve managed to find some amusing and often adorable pictures with these damaging  pieces of artillery. Cannons were first used in Europe during the 11th and 12th centuries. In the Middle Ages the cannon became standardised, becoming more effective in both the anti-infantry and siege roles. After the Middle Ages most large cannons were abandoned as they were too heavy and too difficult to maneuver with. Cannons weren’t only used on mainland, they became a popular artillery in naval warfare as well.

These vintage pictures below were taken in 1915, during the First World War. They show that even during darker times, entertaining situations still take place. Fire away!

Go to Europeana to discover more vintage photos or First World War related collections.

All images are from the French National Library – Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Public Domain. Aggregated to Europeana through the European Library.