Scene French town Barastre World War I. Shows bridge over river Selle, built by New Zealand engineers in 13 hours under shell fire. An ambulance and mounted troops are crossing the bridge. Photograph taken October 31, 1918.
The First World War saw the first widespread use of both fixed-mount and portable mechanical flamethrowers. Reports first appeared in early 1915 after the Germans deployed the weapon against French forces near Verdun.