First World War - War in the Air

DESTRUCTION OF A GERMAN BLOCKHOUSE BY A 9.2 HOWITZER [Main Title]

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Catalogue number
  • IWM 259
Production date
1916-02-28
Place made
GB
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film

Object description

A 9.2-inch howitzer of the Royal Garrison Artillery 'walking' its shells on top of a German blockhouse, Western Front, January 1916.

Full description

The howitzer is in a leafless wood. Its crew remove its camouflage, load the howitzer and elevate it (this is the number 4 gun of the battery). They uncover a pile of shells and roll them forward ready to be lifted up by special tongs. The howitzer fires, then is sponged out and reloaded three times. Another camera in a hide a short distance away from a German blockhouse records through a loophole the shells falling nearer to the target. Two officers in their Observation Post use trench periscopes to spot the fall of shot, and send a message via a field telephone to an RGA sergeant-trumpeter, who relays it to a second-lieutenant. Four more shells burst around the blockhouse, and the eighth shell fired scores a direct hit destroying the building. The gunners clean out their gun and do maintenance work before re-covering it with camouflage.

Physical description

35mm

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