Shows American 52nd and 53rd Coast Artillery Regiments uncovering and preparing a 14-inch railway gun for operation in Belleville, France, during the Meuse-Argonne offensive of World War 1. Several railroad guns are seen in the field. One is labeled USN (U.S. Navy) 110. A supervisor walks past it using a megaphone to issue an order to the gun crew. The crew uses block and tackle to move and load a heavy shell. Scene shifts to a soldier climbing out of a trench with a manual in his hand. Camera shifts to one of the rail guns being fired, emitting a huge black cloud of smoke. Two more railway gun firings are recorded. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
Railroad guns being fired by U.S. Army 52nd Steam Ship and 53rd Coast Artillery Regiments at Belleville in France during the Meuse-Argonne offensive of World War I. Smoking barrels of the giant rail guns seen after firing.
Shows U.S. Army 52nd and 53rd Coast Artillery Regiments troops loading 14-inch shells in a camouflaged railroad gun at Belleville in France during the Meuse-Argonne offensive. U.S. troops fire the railroad gun during World War 1 from underneath its camouflaged net position on the railroad tracks. After each firing, the regiment reapproaches the gun to reload and fire again.
World War I U.S. Army 52nd and 53rd Coast Artillery Regiments troops at a railroad gun position in Belleville,France during the Meuse-Argonne offensive of World War 1. Doughboy troops sit on the barrel of the railroad gun, pose, smile and slide, playfully. They pull out a fellow soldier from inside the gun's barrel.
Soldiers, of U.S. Army Coast Artillery Regiment, place camouflage coverings atop a 14-inch railroad gun, in France, during World War 1. View of the camouflaged gun as its barrel slowly rises and it fires. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
French artillerymen fire a Schneider Obusiers de 520 (520mm howitzer) rail gun, partially entrenched. The barrel is lowered after firing. The camera then records the French crew preparing to fire, again, as an American soldier takes photographs. They convey a shell on a moving platform (which they also ride). The gun crew partially cranks the round forward, and then all push it into the gun breech. The next scene shows the round being fired. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)