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The Birth of a Big Gun
The Birth of a Big Gun

The Birth of a Big Gun 1908

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The Birth of a Big Gun 1908

7 mins United Kingdom Director. A.E. Coleby

A new weapon is launched in the pre-WWI naval arms race. This striking film illustrates the processes in the casting and manufacture of a 12-inch, 50-calibre naval gun - the kind of gun that would be used on battleships between 1914 and 1918. It was filmed in early 1908 at the factory of Armstrong Whitworth & Co., based in Newcastle-on-Tyne. The scale of the operation from 85,000 kilos of molten steel to the massive form of the finished gun is nicely filmed to showcase its impressiveness.

Directed by

A.E. Coleby

Genres

Non-Fiction

Tags

Alston Foundry Company Manufacturing processes Guns

Collection

Steel on Film

Released

1908

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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