King George V inspecting a gun emplacement, Western Front, during World War I. HRH King George V of Britain (1865-1936) inspecting a gun emplacement. To the extreme right, two officers are visible, the nearer of whom appears to be General Sir Herbert Plumer (1857-1932). This gun emplacement is well surrounded by sand-bagged walls and is covered by camouflage netting with vegetation over it. Camouflage became increasingly important as the role of aeroplanes changed from simple reconnaissance to attack. [Original reads: 'The King in a gun pit.'].