Summer of Archives: Firing on enemy lines in 16 steps (1918)

By Kenny Whitebloom, July 16, 2014.
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The Summer of Archives is back this week with another installment of awesome archival finds from the wide world of DPLA. This week we’re featuring rare footage of US military operations in France during World War I. The 16 GIFs in this installment depict crews of US Naval Railway Batteries preparing and firing artillery rounds deep into German military operations in Verdun, France in 1918.

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The film footage used in this post is courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration. To view the entire film, visit