American 52nd and 53rd Coast Artillery Regiments fire railroad guns at Belleville in France.
Belleville France Date:1918, November Duration:1 min 56 sec Sound:NO SOUND
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)
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