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    having watched the proof of fuzes (which is what these blue shell marked as above) it is done by vertical firing on Salisbury Plain and the shell is recovered from deep in the ground which it enters base first. The fuze is intact as it has hit nothing and so can be inspected presumably to see if its armed its self. They also used to test fuzes of the proximity type in 105mm How at Shoeburyness for functioning by firing along the beach and 'listening' to it becoming active then firing as it gets close back to earth and air bursts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2pounder View Post
    having watched the proof of fuzes (which is what these blue shell marked as above) it is done by vertical firing on Salisbury Plain and the shell is recovered from deep in the ground which it enters base first. The fuze is intact as it has hit nothing and so can be inspected presumably to see if its armed its self. They also used to test fuzes of the proximity type in 105mm How at Shoeburyness for functioning by firing along the beach and 'listening' to it becoming active then firing as it gets close back to earth and air bursts.
    Ah, Lavington. Yes, that's a unique experience. They elevate to near vertical, fire the gun and then you wait for the round to drop back to earth base first. I found it a quite disturbing experience.

    Yes, the 105 mm at Shoeburyness/Foulness. Also the 4.5" at Foulness too, but not vertically.

 

 
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