• Short Summary

    A 12,000 lb bomb undergoes a fragmentation test.

  • Description

    Item title reads - War secret.

    Location of events unknown.

    M/S's of 12,000 lb bomb, designed by Mr C. N. Wallis of Vickers, lifted up by ropes and swung around. M/S wall of armour plated screens which will take impact of fragmentation test. M/S as the wall is examined before the trial. M/S as telephonist speaks on phone to recording office, various interior shots of the office and its recording equipment etc. M/S as man works on wires. M/S two men examining bomb. M/S's recording instrument panel. M/S's as distance between bomb and target is measured. M/S showing the plate which is nearly as thick as a man's hand.

    M/S flag at full mast, C/U as button is pressed and pendulum swings. Two L/S's of the huge explosion. Camera pans across to show hole in wall. M/S and C/U as experts examine result on strip of paper. Various shots of the crater caused by the bomb, a man climbs about in it and camera pans across it. M/S part of steel plate with holes in, they lift it up. C/U pan up the plate, a man looks through the holes. Library footage shows aerial views of Lancaster bomber using these bombs to sink the German ship "Tirpitz".

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    New pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:13:23:00 / 01:16:39:00
    NP 46

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    The commentator of this piece makes an error which has then been repeated in the shots list - the man described in the commentary and shots list as "Mr C. N. Wallis" is actually Mr B. N. Wallis, much better known as Barnes Wallis, (the inventor of the "Upkeep" Bouncing Bomb).

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