I can't quite figure out what is meant in the poem. Is the writer on a train, or a tank? Any other help will be greatly appreciated!
This short essay may help you:
He is travelling with artillary. The British army used field guns, rather than the German mortars (a much more effective weopon). These are pulled into place by horses, in this case mules. They pull a two wheeled trailer called the limber, note line one, which contains the ammunition (shells). Because they are essentially a box at the end of a pole they bounce about a lot if they are pulled over rough ground. If you have seen film of a ten gun salute being fired in Hyde Park to celebrate the Queen's birthday you have seen field guns with their limbers.
This short essay may help you ...
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"the main concern of these poets is to relay the theme of death."
"They want to let the reader feel the action, to see it with there own eyes."
"you see the wheels of a truck crushing bones already perished."
"by coming and saving the soldier's from death."
"one of the soldier is still alive"
"his cries out for his troops, his friends, to help him."
And so on.
Linda is mistaken: both sides used both field guns and mortars. The Germans sometimes used a gigantic type of mortar, Moaning Minnie, which had the advantage of being much more destructiveand the disadvantage of being much less mobile, so more vulnerable.