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Title:THE JEFFERIS PROJECTOR UNDER TEST [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 347/1
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: A Projector Infantry Anti-Tank (PIAT) is tested on a damaged German tank near Djebel Abiod, Tunisia.
Description: Front view of the German Mark IV tank. The tank lying in a field. The officer and WO (Warrant Officer) move into a suitable position to fire the projector. The officer places the first projectile in the firing chamber and fires. The charge explodes on target. Close-up of the tank. Another projectile lands and explodes. A third projectile lands obliquely and is deflected into the air. Another charge is fired and explodes on the target. Close-up of the projectile. It is placed in the firing chamber. It is fired but misses the target and flies over the gun turret and lands in the field behind. Two officers examine the holes made in the front of the tank. The officer pushed a pencil through one of the holes showing that the blast has penetrated two thicknesses of steel. Close-up shots of the damage.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 200 ft; Running time: 2 mins
Notes: Summary: the design of the PIAT was attributed to Colonel Millis Jefferis, the head of the MD 1 section tasked with designing and testing new weaponry. Hence it was initially referred to as the Jefferis Shoulder Gun or Jefferis Projector until formally designated as PIAT.