American Expeditionary Forces with captured German Big Bertha howitzers in world War I
France Date:1918 Duration:3 min 43 sec Sound:NO SOUND
U.S. Army holt tractors are hooked up to large wheeled trailers loaded with parts of German 42cm "Big Bertha" howitzers, captured by American Expeditionary forces (AEF) near end of World War 1. Camera pans along the line of tractors. Closeup profile of a Holt tractor with several Army mechanics working around it. Camera pans along tractors and Big Bertha carriers and parts. Camera focuses into rifled barrel of one of the howitzers. Several U.S. soldiers are seen waving to the camera, through the barrel. Several American soldiers climb upon a carrier holding one of the 42cm barrels. One soldier crawls through the barrel. Two soldiers display a 42cm shell casing for the camera. Writing on one of the captured German vehicles reads: "Ersatzbremsflussigkeit (Perglyzerin)" describing substitute brake fluid. The convoy of tractors, led by a staff car and accompanied by soldiers on motorcycles, proceed along the road to Beaune, France. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
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