French Army troops, in Artois, France, training to use artillery against aircraft
Artois France Date:1913 Duration:1 min 36 sec Sound:NO SOUND
French soldiers training in Artois, France, shortly before World War I. French artillerymen wearing gas masks, are seen inside a bunker. One loads a powder charge into a Canon de 75 modèle 1897 field gun (So-called French 75). Slate states (in Swedish): Calculating the distance to an airship or airplane is often a very tricky task. View of French soldier, in a field, looking through a telescope, and another, nearby, looking through binoculars. The latter raises a large horn (or megaphone) and sounds it. Camera pans to two soldiers using a range finder. Closeup of aiming adjustments on a French 75 field gun. Next, gun crewmen remove shells from a protected storage caisson, buried in the side of a deep trench and other gunners load a nearby gun. Slate states that Automobile canons constitute a very practical and effective weapon in the battle against airships. An artillery piece is shown mounted on a vehicle chassis, being maneuvered by gunners. A brief glimpse of mirror specially designed to signal to aviators.
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