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  • BIRTH OF A GUN: THE PRODUCTION OF A 25 POUNDER FIELD GUN, 1942

    BIRTH OF A GUN: THE PRODUCTION OF A 25 POUNDER FIELD GUN, 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 11374

    A view of workers, including Seth Smith (foreground) drilling the 'trails' of the 25 pounder gun before they are rivetted. The 'trail' is the bed of the foundation on which the gun itself stands. The trail must be very strong and...

  • BIRTH OF A GUN: THE PRODUCTION OF A 25 POUNDER FIELD GUN, 1942

    BIRTH OF A GUN: THE PRODUCTION OF A 25 POUNDER FIELD GUN, 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 11370

    A 25 pounder field gun barrel is 'lapped' on a machine at this factory, somewhere in Britain. Before the 'rifled' grooves are cut into the barrel, it must be perfectly smooth. This smoothing is done through the process known as...

  • BIRTH OF A GUN: THE PRODUCTION OF A 25 POUNDER FIELD GUN, 1942

    BIRTH OF A GUN: THE PRODUCTION OF A 25 POUNDER FIELD GUN, 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 11355

    Sixty tons of molten steel are ready to be poured into ingot moulds at a factory producing 25 pounder field guns, somewhere in Britain. The moulds are about 6ft high and 24 inches square at the base. They taper near the bottom so that the solid ingot...

  • BIRTH OF A GUN: THE PRODUCTION OF A 25 POUNDER FIELD GUN, 1942

    BIRTH OF A GUN: THE PRODUCTION OF A 25 POUNDER FIELD GUN, 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 11358

    Men at work in the production of a 25 pounder gun at a factory, somewhere in Britain. Once the steel ingot is the right temperature, it is seized by a gang of workers and swung into position under a drop hammer. Four men hold a long pole at the end of...

  • BIRTH OF A GUN: THE PRODUCTION OF A 25 POUNDER FIELD GUN, 1942

    BIRTH OF A GUN: THE PRODUCTION OF A 25 POUNDER FIELD GUN, 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 11360

    A factory worker at work on the production of a 25 pounder field gun. He holds one end of the huge ingot of molten steel as it is twisted, pulled and pushed under the blows of a hammer, to shape it into the barrel of 25 pounder gun.

  • BIRTH OF A GUN: THE PRODUCTION OF A 25 POUNDER FIELD GUN, 1942

    BIRTH OF A GUN: THE PRODUCTION OF A 25 POUNDER FIELD GUN, 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 11351

    A huge electromagnet swoops down to collect piles of scrap steel and pig iron and load it into a waiting truck at this factory, somewhere in Britain. Three factory workers oversee the proceedings. This material is then melted down to form steel ingots...

  • BIRTH OF A GUN: THE PRODUCTION OF A 25 POUNDER FIELD GUN, 1942

    BIRTH OF A GUN: THE PRODUCTION OF A 25 POUNDER FIELD GUN, 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 11364

    A pile of 25 pounder field gun barrels await rifling and further work at this factory, somewhere in Britain.

  • BIRTH OF A GUN: THE PRODUCTION OF A 25 POUNDER FIELD GUN, 1942

    BIRTH OF A GUN: THE PRODUCTION OF A 25 POUNDER FIELD GUN, 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 11386

    Factory worker Amy Dale works at an 'electrolimit gauge' to measure a fulcrum pin at a factory producing 25 pounder field guns, somewhere in Britain. The pins will be discarded if they are as much as 1/5,000" out. The parts of the 25...

  • BIRTH OF A GUN: THE PRODUCTION OF A 25 POUNDER FIELD GUN, 1942

    BIRTH OF A GUN: THE PRODUCTION OF A 25 POUNDER FIELD GUN, 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 11393

    Four female factory workers put the finishing touches to a 25 pounder gun at this factory, somewhere in Britain. Dorothy Stubbs checks over the recuperator, whilst Florence Bradley sets the sights.

  • BIRTH OF A GUN: THE PRODUCTION OF A 25 POUNDER FIELD GUN, 1942

    BIRTH OF A GUN: THE PRODUCTION OF A 25 POUNDER FIELD GUN, 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 11391

    The completely fitted 25 pounder gun is tested for accuracy, both horizontally and vertically, on a specially fixed target at the end of the workshop. Factory worker Mr Redfern checks and tests the sights of the gun.

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