This short silent German educational film shows an artillery battery being put into position by Wehrmacht forces. Interestingly the battery force has mounted troops, typical of the German Army which while heavily mechanized used horses for many important tasks. Once a position is scouted, troops emplace the gun and begin the work of camouflaging the position, while other soldiers work to obtain firing data and sighting.
The artillery piece shown may be the 7.5 cm Feld Kanone 16 neuer Art (7.5 cm FK 16 nA), a field gun used by Germany throughout World War II. Originally built as the World War I-era 7.7 cm FK 16, surviving guns in German service were re-barrelled during the early 1930s in the new standard 7.5 cm calibre. It was not modernized for motor towing and retained its original wooden spoked tires and two crew seats on the face of the gun shield.
This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD and 2k. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
October 21, 2016 Subject:
Caliber of Howitzer in Film
That's a 10.5 cm not a 7.5 cm. The person who wrote the introductory narrative must have been lazy because the difference between the two is like night and day. BTW, I'm a subject matter expert on artillery.