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Leatherwork for howitzers and 8 pdr guns, made at Swindon Works, c. 1915

Leatherwork for howitzers and 8 pdr guns, made at Swindon Works, c. 1915


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Date: 4th March 2014

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Leatherwork for howitzers and 8 pdr guns, made at Swindon Works, c. 1915

This array of items shows the type of leatherwork that was undertaken at Swindon Works for both howitzers and 8 pdr guns, as requested by the Royal Arsenal. 26 different sizes of buckles and straps are pictured here, ranging in widths and lengths. Also pictured are a range of different shaped pouches and cases, presumably used for carrying ammunition, tools and equipment associated with the guns

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This print from the STEAM Museum of the GWR takes us back to a crucial era in history - World War 1. The image showcases an impressive array of leatherwork meticulously crafted at Swindon Works, specifically designed for howitzers and 8 pdr guns as per the Royal Arsenal's request. The photograph offers a glimpse into the intricate craftsmanship involved in producing these essential items. A total of 26 different sizes of buckles and straps are proudly displayed, each varying in width and length to suit specific requirements. These sturdy fasteners were vital components that ensured stability and functionality during intense battles. Additionally, we observe an assortment of pouches and cases with unique shapes, purposefully designed to carry ammunition, tools, and equipment associated with these powerful weapons. One can only imagine the weight they bore on their shoulders as soldiers relied on them for quick access to supplies amidst chaotic war zones. As we admire this snapshot frozen in time, it serves as a poignant reminder of the immense efforts put forth by skilled workers at Swindon Works during wartime. Their dedication played an integral role in supporting military operations by providing top-quality leatherwork that enhanced both efficiency and safety on the battlefield. Let this remarkable image transport you back to a period where every detail mattered; where artisans labored tirelessly behind-the-scenes to contribute their expertise towards securing victory for their nation.

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