Image 17: 11 inch Trench Howitzer Bed Plate for the United States Ordnance Department
(Photo #6885, Order #20380--Ordered July 26, 1917, Delivered October 1, 1917)
During World War I, the J.G. Brill Company converted all of its production to war materials, including the platform for a howitzer shown in this photo. There is a man in officer's uniform, missing his left hand (presumably from a war injury) sitting on the bed plate behind the barrel of the howitzer.