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15 inch Howitzer in the Somme

Loading and firing the 15 inches (381mm) howitzer. Battle of the Somme august 1916.

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Added: Jan-3-2012 
By: Panzerknacker2
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Tags: howitzer, heavy, gun, ww1, british, france
Location: Picardie, France (load item map)
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  • The way that guy was caressing that shell at the beginning was kinda creepy, best not to bunk in the same barracks as him.

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  • That is an enormous shell!!! I couldnt even imagine what sort of blast radius something like that would have.

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  • Titanic waste of time most of the shells were duds and those that did explode were fired so inaccurately the didnt damage the barbed wire 10s of meters thick.

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  • From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Somme

    British planned to fire a million shells in a week; they reached 500,000. [though no doubt not all shells were of this size]

    The Germans had shell-proof bunkers that withstood shells. [wonder if the 1200 pounders were bunker-busters]

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  • Operation Cluster Fuck 1914-1918. To be replaced by worse, by an angry Austrian corporal 20 years later. When are we going to learn? Answer, never, it's getting redux in 5 to 10. The NATO live-fire exercise is proof positive of that. I'd like to be wrong. But i'm not.

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    • @Beinrich_Bimmler

      "Operation Cluster Fuck 1914-1918" I should have thought about this name when I was visiting The Verdun's battlefield a few months ago. My hat is off!!! :D

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  • Just a reminder for the history Buff: A.Hitler fought in this battle at the end of the year 1916. Looks like it made him kind of bitter and quite nervous.

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  • Dramatically moving mud from over there to over here. Meanwhile on the other side, they were doing the very same thing. Terrifying results and I'm always reminded of the films of men with shell shock who could not walk they were shaking so much.

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