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    British artillery crew working their 5.5-inch BL.

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    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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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:16:40:00 / 01:20:56:00
    UN 897 A

Comments (6)

  1. Unknown user 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.

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  2. Unknown user says

    Great - thanks. Can anyone confirm?

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  3. Unknown user says

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

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  4. 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.

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  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.

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  6. 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

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