“Initially we had planned to film everyone firing their personal .303 rifles from the trench at the Discovery Shooting Club to demonstrate a ‘Mad Minute’ — 15 aimed rounds in 60 seconds per soldier,” Tucker told the Packet in an email.
Ultimately, to make a more interesting video, the group decided to incorporate several different types of firearms — the Webley revolver, 1911 pistol, Lee Enfield rifle and Luger pistol — all of which are functional. Even the grenades in the video are real but deactivated.
“The best part about making this short video is that it gave us an opportunity to demonstrate weapons systems that could never be used at public events,” he says.
In the video, the group also showcases a Lewis gun and mortar. Both are mock-ups, but the mortar can fire a light blank, adds Tucker.
He says filming took place in August in sweltering temperatures reaching 30 C and no wind. They two-minute video took several hours to film and the reproduction uniforms, made from real wool, almost made the experience unbearable, but certainly worth it.
The group even added an unplanned segment near the end. For fun, Tucker decided at the last minute to try and recreate a capture sequence.
They even used short pieces of German dialogue to make the scene as authentic as they could, saying, “nicht schießen! (Don’t Shoot!)” and “Hände hoch! (Hands Up!)”
Most recently, the Great War Living History Committee acquired a few sets of new old stock and blue puttees, still in the wrapper. The group will be sure to wear them this Saturday at the Remembrance Day service in Trinity Bay North.
If you’d like to see the video made by the committee, go to www.thepacket.ca or the link www. youtube.com/watch?v=kU6UjwgWQS0.