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Title:CHAPPERTON DOWN ARTILLERY SCHOOL [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 108
Summary: Demonstration firings of 6-inch, 8-inch and 9.2-inch howitzers with the new Type 106 fuse at Chapperton Down near Aldershot, spring 1916.
Description: Taken at the school on 9 March 1916, this film shows in detail the firing procedures for the 6-inch 26cwt howitzer, the 8-inch Mk VI howitzer and the 9.2-inch Mk I howitzer with the new Type 106 graze fuse (not shown). It shows the effects of the fall of shot, giving the distance and line of camera to the point of impact with the direction of wind for each firing. In each case the result is a surface burst.
Production Details: War Office (Production sponsor)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Artillery, RGA & Chapperton Down Artillery School (regiment/service)
Keywords: weapons, British - gun: 6-inch 26cwt howitzer (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 8-inch howitzer (object name)
weapons, British - gun: 9.2-inch howitzer (object name)
training, British military - weapons: howitzer (object name)
GB, England & Aldershot, Hants <Chapperton Down Artillery School> (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: English
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 686 ft; Running time: 11 mins
Notes: Production: probably an internal Army training film made for the War Office rather than any part of the official propaganda film programme.
Remarks: concerned with ballistics rather than tactics. The new graze fuse removed the need for extremely complex calculations in setting bombardments to cut enemy wire, and led to greatly improved results, but did not arrive on the Western Front in significant numbers until nearly a year after this film was made.