Making Armstrong Gun (1920-1929)



Making Armstrong Whitworth factory. Newcastle and London.

Industry; weapons. Step-by-step film of the making of a large Armstrong gun at the Sir W. G. Armstrong Whitworth and Company. factory in England. Some very good industrial footage; c. 1910’s or1920’s. Workers take pieces of pig iron from a huge pile and load them onto a container which is lifted by a chain. Workers tossing pig iron and speigeleisen into Siemans Furnace; to make steel. Shot of liquid metal running into a big vat; a steam & sparks rise from vat.

More white hot metal pours down another chute. Man walks by 84 Ton steel ingot. Hydraulic press molds gun barrel. CU man operating machine to shape barrel into cylinder. ECU hand holding tangled spirals of steel; 1/2 thick;More shots include gun barrel emerging from furnace; being lowered into oil pit; wrapped w/ wire; being smoothed by machines. CU completed breach mechanism opening & closing. Testing t he gun; team loads and fires. BOOM! War; military; manufacturing
FILM ID:2422.21

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3 thoughts on “Making Armstrong Gun (1920-1929)

  1. Planet Mojo says:

    It's amazing how hard the old-timers used to work!

  2. TheChonaman says:

    Truly remarkable what man can do when the task is important enough. The development of the industry for arms was a massive undertaking and clearly a dangerous profession for the workers.

  3. Dave Roberts says:

    Wonderful to see these old films. Thank you.

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