Some time later the section is ordered to move back to batallion HQ. The infantry broke the enemy line. Guns are unloaded and dismounted.

Before everything is loaded onto the carriers, the guns need to be serviced. For that purpose a groundsheet is unfolded and the toolbox with maintenance tools and spare parts is brought up.

Although the infantry broke through, the pepperpots were not always successful. In spite of the extensive firing by many guns, the effect was sometimes more psychological, resulting in surrenders rather than applied damage to the enemy's dug in positions.

Many thanks to the members of living history group Pattern '37.
Pictures by Marty Butstraen and Roeland Mertens.

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