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  • Short Summary

    American troops and workers make and prepare to use smoke shells.

  • Description

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

    A soldier in a gas mask crawls under barbed wire.

    Workers wearing gas mask work filling shells presumably with toxic chemicals. After filling, the shells are washed and cleaned. A large stockpile of shells is checked by an officer.

    Shots of large storage area outside where barrels of chemical agent are stored.

    Various shots of American tankers spraying a cloud of smoke.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1842.19
    Media URN:
    60822
    Group:
    Unissued unused
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    Sound:
    mute
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:17:16:00 / 01:18:05:00
    Canister:
    UN 747 M

Comments (1)

  1. Bryden Ritchie says

    The film shows a US ordnance factory filling 155mm artillery smoke shells with Titanium Tetrachloride during WW2. The last shots show a field smoke screen generator, again using Titanium Tetrachloride.

    The protective clothing used by the workers in the filling factory are not good enough for true toxic chemical shell filling, and the shells are not being filled under water as they would be if being filled with White Phosphorous, the other chemical smoke filling used at the time.

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