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Beardmore's Howitzer Dept

The staff of Bay 3 Machine Section at William Beardmore & Co's Howitzer Department, Parkhead, during the First World War.

A howitzer is a short gun for high-angle firing of shells at low velocities. Facilities for manufacturing naval guns had been installed at Parkhead in 1902, and when the First World War broke out in 1914 Beardmore was one of the companies the British Government turned to for the manufacture of artillery pieces for the Army. More than 800 6-inch howitzers were manufactured by the firm during the war.

Reference: 1530.87.73

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

Keywords:
artillery, First World War, guns, howitzers, munitions, munitions workers, Parkhead Forge, William Beardmore & Co, women



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