Step-by-step views of American gun crew towing, setting up, and firing a 155mm gun in World War I
France Date:1918 Duration:2 min 58 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Soldiers of American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) operating a Caterpillar-Holt model 75 tractor in World War 1. They display a large American flag, as they tow a French 155mm gun ( Canon de 155 Grande Puissance Filloux (GPF) mle.1917). They move along a dirt road and stop near some trees, where they are joined by other U.S. soldiers who begin preparing the gun for operation. Two soldiers pry a steel cover from the rear of the gun. It falls to the ground, where they pick it up by suspending it on a steel bar. One jacks up the carrier as several soldiers remove the limber from under the gun trails. Two teams of soldiers spread the trails of the gun. Next, two gunners are seen cranking controls to adjust azimuth and elevation of the gun. A gunner wipes clean a shell for the gun. One soldier holds the shell upright as another screws a fuse into the nose. Gun crew rams charge into breech of the gun with a ramrod and another secures the breech, as gunners make final adjustments to elevation. All step away, as one fires the gun with a lanyard. Then the crewmen rush back to ready the gun again. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
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