• Short Summary

    British artillery crew working their 5.5-inch BL.

  • Description

    Unused / unissued material. - Location and dates unknown / unclear.

    Various shots of British Heavy Gun crew. They move the gun (possibly a 5.5-inch BL) around. The heavy artillery is jacked up and towed away behind a lorry. Various shots of the gun being fired. CU as shell is loaded and breech is closed. The gun is fired.

    Material dated: July 1944.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1901.04
    Media URN:
    61203
    Group:
    Unissued unused
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    Sound:
    sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:16:40:00 / 01:20:56:00
    Canister:
    UN 897 A

Comments (6)

  1. Ness Battery says

    Fairly sure that is a 5.5-inch BL.
    There was no 4.7-inch howitzer. There was a 4.5-inch QF (quick-firing) but this one is certainly a BL (breech-loading) gun, since it has a separate shell and charge.

  2. Hookforce says

    It is an American made 155mm "Long Tom".

  3. Scott1805 says

    Does anyone know any of the men in the clip from 1 min 13 seconds? Or does anyone have any information about which regiment they are from? My husbands grandfather Jack served in Normandy and was a Lance Bombardier of a 5.5 inch gun crew , there is a man in this clip that looks just like him and we just need more information to check it really is.
    Any help would be great.

  4. gaynor2 says

    For Scott 1805
    I believe Sergeant D.Ginger in the footage is -
    ,Sergeant D. Ginger , Service No. 5348049 , Unit - Royal Army Ordinance Corps
    Hope that\'s of help

  5. LJPENNEY says

    The gun is a 155mm Long Tom of the 52nd Heavy Regiment Royal Artillery. If I am not mistaken, a 5.5 in gun would have been an artillery piece assigned to a Medium Artillery Regiment.

  6. British Pathé says

    Great - thanks. Can anyone confirm?

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