Aerial views of Verdun and Fort Douaumont during World War I
Verdun-sur-Meuse France Date:1915 Duration:1 min 34 sec Sound:NO SOUND
French soldiers and airmen gather around a Caproni Ca.3 bomber preparing for an aerial photography mission in World War 1. The identification number "Ca 2318" is stenciled on the airplane fuselage. The men load camera cases and equipment for the motion picture photographer, as officers watch. The Pilot takes his position in the front of the open cockpit as the photographer and second crewman sit side-by-side behind him. The pilot waves as they taxi out for takeoff. The next sequence contains views from the aircraft as it flies among clouds, and then shows Fort Douaumont clearly below, followed by the city of Verdun-sur-Meuse, and environs, including the Meuse River, bridges, buildings, and roads, without noticeable signs of any battles or damage, since the German offensive would not begin until the following year (1916).
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