A triptych in response to an interview of a WW1 machine gunner with the Ulster Division at the Battle of the Somme, July 1916. How he spoke with some pride in the understanding of what made a good machine gunner – as a mechanic would of grasping the principles of what makes an engine run well. Of his place within the infantry; of the team of men and equipment needed to transport the gun and ammunition; of how to avoid jamming the weapon or wearing out barrels prematurely; of how to use it most efficiently.
My different outlook on war made me see the whole exercise in terms of each side being involved in the delivery of lead into fellow humans. Their training, equipment and deployment all aiming to deliver more death to their opposite numbers than could be delivered to them.
They were ordinary men remade into a lethal Parcel Force.