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  • Short Summary

    Good footage of large camouflaged field gun being moved, loaded and fired.

  • Description

    French Gun Concealed and Firing.


    French artillery team in action. A large French field gun; shot from behind; gun is concealed behind a bunch of small trees and bushes; with a crew of several soldiers working. DS gun - the barrel is wrapped in leaves for camouflage. Fairly close & behind - soldier turning crank to lower the barrel. Soldiers loading the gun. Moving it to different position (it is very heavy - they have to stick poles through as braces and then it takes several men straining to move it).

    A different view also from behind; but lower; showing that the barrel is raised; and the man directly behind it stands on a little step. Loading gun seen from this position. Then switch to the higher shot; behind the guy as one man hands him shell; another gives him the long pole to poke the shell in, then something else; explosive probably. He closes back cover. They crank gun so that barrel points upward again toward wherever they are bombing.

    Man attaches string to hole in the cover; they stretch out string; when string is jerked gun fires. Boom. Generally this gives a good example of field guns of this period & how they work.

    World War One. military; weapons.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:44:13:00 / 01:48:06:00
    ON 139 I

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