U.S. Marine Battery firing 155mm howitzer during battle of Okinawa in World War II.
Okinawa Ryukyu Islands Date:1945, May 10 Duration:3 min 51 sec Sound:NO SOUND
U.S.Marines of 3rd 155mm Howitzer Battalion, Baker Battery, in operation during battle of Okinawa, during World War 2. (For this campaign, they have been assigned to the U.S. Army 419th Field Artillery Group.) Camouflage netting is stretched over gun position. Crew fires many rounds. The operation appears routine: shell placed, propellant powder placed, breech closed, piece fired, crew uses pole to swab barrel, and the process is repeated. The Marines are stripped to the waist as they work. They pause after a session of firing. Gunner wearing headphone speaks into telephone. Gunner, in a tent, cutting bag charges of propellant. He reties sacks containing correct amount and gives them to another gunner.
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