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    No title. Unedited material. Film of a controlled bomb explosion.

    A bomb is lifted by a large rope. A man stands either side. Various shots of the bomb being lowered into a stand. A man then checks with a spirit level that it is flat. Men working by what looks like large storage cupboards. A man presses a stick on to the front of doors. C/U of military man on the telephone.

    A woman ties a label on the bottom of one of the "cupboards". Two women walk towards the camera carrying large boards. Shot of the backs of the cupboards? Wires hang out of the back. A man cuts a wire. Shot of cables lying on the ground. Men press sticks on the front of the boards. Man on the telephone in the open air. Distance between different boards and the bomb is measured with a tape and noted. Large number of numbered blocks are set up with sandbags behind them.

    C/U of men loading ammunition into the bomb then reinserting screws and fixing them back into the body of the bomb. Wires are attached to the bomb. The men lick the ends of some wires before they attach them to the wires on the bomb. C/U of end of the bomb with wires attached. Group of people standing around. Shot of a bomb pit. A woman walks around in it. Man looks at damage caused to a large block of concrete. C/U of other damaged blocks. Blocks are lifted to show damage. White flag flying. Man affixes wires to a point in a wall.

    Interior, man with testing equipment. Man on telephone. Switches are turned and levers are thrown. Men look at a tape which has marks on it - presumably the results of the test. Good shots of the bomb exploding.

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:02:00 / 01:10:32:00
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  • Appears in...

    War & Revolution
    Bomb group Documentaries (1976) Documentary warning Long documentary A detailed look
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    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (1)

  1. bombdoc says

    This is quite an important set of shots showing the static firing of a 10 ton Grand Slam bomb at the Shoeburyness range. The film is taken in the fragmentation theatre and shows the array of electrical fragment detector strips and the associated wires and recording apparatus. The Grand Slam had three fuze pockets, but only two are being used in this test. The man putting the wires in his mouth is testing for any residual electrical charge before connecting them to the detonators. A sequence later showing the man in the white overalls is the other half of the drill where he is showing that the firing cable is not connected. He is then seen connecting the firing cable to the outside of the splinter proof shelter and then testing the firing circuit with a safety galvanometer. The shots of the holed plates are steel witness plates shown earlier fitted to the front of a sandbag buttress below the electrical fragment witness array. The Grand Slam was designed by Barnes Wallace.

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