Guns for Australia

Accession Number F07053
Collection type Film
Measurement 13 min 46 sec
Object type To be confirmed
Physical description 35mm/b&w/sound
Maker Military History Section
Place made Australia, New Guinea1: Huon Peninsula, Lae Markham River Area, Nadzab
Date made c 1943
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


An Australian Army Research film produced by Military History (Cinema Section). Promotional film on the production and development of various types of artillery pieces by Australian industry. The start of a new industry in 1937 with the test firing of the first 3 inch anti-aircraft gun produced in Australia. Surveys the guns produced in Australia stating the year and type of gun. The guns featured are the 2 Pounder, 6 Pounder and 17 Pounder anti-tank guns, the 40 mm Bofors and 3.7 inch anti-aircraft guns and the 25 Pounder field gun. The remainer of the item is on the development and production of the short 25 Pounder gun. Shows the designers at work, the production of the gun's carriage, barrel and optical sights by various Australian factories. Assembly line of guns and proof tests using special charges. Shows how the gun is assembled by use of stop motion cinematography. Demonstrates versatility and moblity of the gun including parachute drops from C-47 Dakota transport aircraft. Combat footage featuring the Short 25 Pounder in action in New Guinea including the paratroop operations at Nadzab.

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