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Making bodies for detonating fuses

Fixing fuses in bombs. Dunkirk, Belgium

Gunners setting time fuses

Fixing fuses on Stokes Mortars

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Army truck manufacture (Dodge). A veritable cascade of sparks fly when the arc welder fuses together toe risers in the front section of a Dodge army truck cab assembly

Production of 20mm fuses is speeded by a multiple spindle automatic screw machine in a converted cash register factory. National Cash Register Company, Dayton, Ohio

A dial feed press crimps 20mm fuses in a large plant which quickly changed over to the production of essential supplies for our armed forces. National Cash Register Company, Dayton, Ohio

A special automatic machine in a converted cash register factory handles the operations of countercoring, disc inserting, crimping and unloading 20mm fuses. National Cash Register Company, Dayton, Ohio

A vacuum mechanism for inserting discs is an important unit in the machine setup of a converted cash register factory now producing 20mm fuses in enormous quantities

Conversion. Cash registers to gun magazines. A husky worker in a plant that used to make cash registers is kept busy collecting brass scrap from the production of shell fuses and returning it to the factory. Naional Cash Register Company, Dayton, Ohio

Conversion. Cash registers to gun magazines. Brass scrap from the production of 20mm fuses is collected and returned to the factory. The large pile of filings and cuttings gives some idea of the volume of production maintained. National Cash Register Company, Dayton, Ohio

New Britain, Connecticut. Women in the Landers, Frary and Clark plant inspecting bomb fuses

New Britain, Connecticut. Women employed at the Landers, Frary and Clark. Drilling holes in bomb fuses

New Britain, Connecticut. Women employed at the Landers, Frary and Clark plant. Drilling holes in bomb fuses

Production. Shell loading. These girls are "staking" fuses in the assembly of artillery shells in a large Midwest loading plant. In the manufacture and loading of percussion caps--an operation performed in a large division of the plant--ninety percent of the employees are women. Army officers say the women speed up production. Ravenna ordnance plant

Freight operations on the Indiana Harbor Belt railroad between Chicago, Illinois and Hammond, Indiana. Fuses (flares) are used for signaling at twilight and when visibility is otherwise poor

New Britain, Connecticut. Women employed at the Landers, Frary and Clark plant. Drilling holes in bomb fuses

New Britain, Connecticut. Women employed at the Landers, Frary and Clark plant. Drilling holes in bomb fuses

A civilian worker gages standard contour 557 artillery fuses at the Seneca Army Depot

Artwork: "Fuses" Artist: Charles Waterhouse

A crewman fuses a bomb prior to loading onto an aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66)

A view of the fuses used to arm several bombs during loading operations with A-6E Intruder aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 6 (CVW-6)

388th Tactical Fighter Wing munitions maintenance personnel inspect fuses before placing them into bombs during exercise Leading Edge II

Marines quickly secure fuses on 155mm howitzer projectiles during a combined arms exercise

Ordnancemen attach arming wires to the fuses of Mark 82 500-pound bombs on an S-3A Viking aircraft from Air Anti-submarine Sqadron 37 (VS-37) during Exercise GALLANT EAGLE 88

Aviation Structual Mechanic 1ST Class (Flight Engineer) Downs checks fuses in a P-3C Orion aircraft cockpit

Bomb fuses are set out for use in Sabre Spirit '89. Sabre Spirit is an annual joint South Korean-U.S. Pacific Air Forces combat ammunition production and combat aircraft servicing exercise

Aviation ordnancemen check the fuses on several Mark 20 Rockeye II cluster bombs before they are loaded aboard aircraft on the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) during Operation Desert Shield

Members of the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing munitions maintenance team inspect fuses before placing them into bombs during exercise LEADING EDGE II

Six 2.75 inch rocket fuses are placed on the ground before they are disposed of by members of 52nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, who are in Tuzla in support of JOINT ENDEAVOR to dispose of unexploded ordnance found in the area

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 2 (EODMU-2) members, US Navy CHIEF GUNNER's Mate Brian Pearson and CHIEF Hull Technician Clint Hospodar, rig 8 minute time fuses with non-electric blasting caps. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is clearing it's minefields of outdated mines in accordance with President William Jefferson Clinton's directive

Aviation Ordnanceman Third Class PETTY Officer Paul De Lulio inspects fuses that will be used on Mark 80 series bombs. De Lulio is stationed aboard the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), which is preparing for a November Mediterranean and Persian Gulf deployment

US Air Force Technical Sergeant Ricky Hamada goes over safety devices and fuses. The soldiers are taking a basic course in bombs. This photograph was used in the article "Bomb U.", AIRMAN Magazine, September 1999 issue

Medium shot, soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, 1/508th Infantry (Airborne Battalion Combat Team), from Vicenza, Italy, secure fuses to a 105mm howitzer pallet. Not shown: Howitzer is to be dropped at Bunker Hill Drop Zone, Grafenwohr, Germany, by the 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, in Exercise Lion Drop 12, 9 August 2000

US Marine Lance Corporal Derrick Banner from Battery "L", Third Battalion, Twelfth Marines, First Marine Division checks his aiming point on the collimator of the M198 155 mm Medium Howitzer, Towed. The Marines use a combination of variable timed fuses and different powered charges including super 8, green, white, and red bag, also an assortment of 155mm rounds including high explosive, concrete piercing, white phosphorous, illumination, killer junior, beehive, anti-tank and anti-personnel rounds to create specific effects on target. The entire weapons system, which weighs 16,000 pounds, is manned by 7 men and a chief and can fire up to 30,000 meters (18.64 miles) using a rocket-assisted ...

View of the business end of an M198 Medium Towed Howitzer. US Marines from Third Battalion, Eleventh Marine Regiment, First Marine Division use combinations of variable timed fuses and different powered charges, including super 8, green, white, and red bag, also an assortment of 155mm rounds including high explosive, concrete piercing, white phosphorous, illumination, killer junior, beehive, anti-tank and anti-personnel rounds to create specific effects on target. The entire weapons system, which weighs 16,000 pounds, is manned by 7 men and a chief and can fire up to 30,000 meters. The most common round used during training was the High Explosive (HE) round which weighs 96 pounds and has ...

An Air Force munitions builder from the 28th Air Expeditionary Wing, moves an Mk-84 bomb body to a munitions assembly conveyer to be built-up during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The build up consists of the body, fuses, explosive train, nose cup and tail kit. Munitions builders are responsible for assembling various combinations of all munitions used in ENDURING FREEDOM. Operation ENDURING FREEDOM is in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), fighting terrorism abroad, after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 at the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon

Two SENIOR AIRMAN power production specialist from the 355th AEG (Air Expeditionary Group) Civil Engineers Squadron check the fuses as they perform operational checks on a Mobile Electric Power-12 (MEP-12) generator, 750 kilowatt mobile power plant at Masirah Air Base during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The hot stick prevents accidental electrical shock. In response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 at the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President George W. Bush initiated Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), fighting terrorism abroad

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Duke Fajardo, 57th Aircraft Generation Squadron, inspects the fuses on MK-82, 500-pound inert practice bombs during a weapons load crew competition at Nellis AFB, Nevada (NV)

An assortment of ammunition, fuses, grenades, mines and projectiles are placed on display as a multi-national group of military Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) experts train at the Udairi Range, located in Camp Doha, Kuwait. Because each service has its own requirements and mission types, joint training helps to expand different units' capabilities and familiarization with techniques

In anticipation of war with Iraq, Sergeant (SGT) Marcus F. Earl, left, the wire chief for Sierra Battery, Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/1, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Special Operations Capable (SOC) and Corporal (CPL) Travis S. Geisler, a Cannonneer with Sierra Battery (BLT) 2/1, 15th MEU (SOC) screw fuses onto the top of 155mm howitzer rounds in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Corporal (CPL) Travis S. Geisler, a Cannonneer for Sierra Battery, Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/1, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operations Capable (SOC), screw fuses onto the top of 155mm rounds in preparation for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) Technical Sergeant (TSGT) James Sutton, 9th Munitions Squadron (MUNS), Beale Air Force Base (AFB), California (CA), fuses Mark 84 (Mk-84) bombs at a forward-deployed location. Ammo troops build bombs before they are loaded onto the bombers. The base is currently home of the 457th Air Expeditionary Group (AEG), which is positioned to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Matthew K. Duncan, 9th Munitions Squadron (MUNS), Beale Air Force Base (AFB), California (CA), fuses Mark 84 (Mk-84) bombs at a forward-deployed location. Ammo troops build bombs before they are loaded onto the bombers. The base is currently home of the 457th Air Expeditionary Group (AEG), which is positioned to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Air Force (USAF) AIRMAN First Class (A1C) Edwin Evans, with the 40th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron (EMXS), a munitions systems apprentice, prepares detonation fuses for aerial bombs, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

A case of fuses, possibility artillery, part of a weapons cache found in a sports arena US Marines secured and setup a camp in during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM

US Army (USA) SPECIALIST (SPC) Claude R. Fields, a cannon crewmember with the 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, equips the fuses on M198 Towed Howitzer rounds before a live fire practice, in support of Exercise BALIKATAN

U.S. Air Force AIRMAN 1ST Clas Daniel S. Garrett, an explosives ordnance disposal technician assigned to the the 96th Civil Engineering Squadron, places two thermite grenades in the fire pan before an FMU-143 fuse test at Range B-71 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., on Feb. 25, 2005. The test was conducted to check what hazards the fuses would present in case of an accidental fire. (PHOTO by Craig C. McDonnell, CIV) (Released)

PHOTO of unassembled M228 fuses that will be installed into M69 practice hand grenades for use at Grenade Range Camp Fuji, Japan. The M69s are part of the training during exercise Fuji Incremental Training Program (FITP) 2004

The hands of US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) Daniel Klucar, Infantry Rifleman, Echo (E) Company (CO), 2nd Battalion (BN), 25 Marines (MAR), as he inserts M228 fuses into an M69 practice hand grenade at the Grenade Range Camp Fuji, Japan during exercise Fuji Incremental Training Program (FITP) 2004

US Marine Corps (USMC) Sergeant (SGT) David L. Watts, Infantry Rifleman, Echo (E) Company (CO), 2nd Battalion (BN), 25 Marines (MAR), inserts M228 fuses into M69 practice hand grenades at the Grenade Range Camp Fuji, Japan. The US Marines must each throw the minimum of two M69 practice hand grenades before moving up to fragmentation hand grenades, during exercise Fuji Incremental Training Program (FITP) 2004

PHOTO of M69 practice hand grenades with M228 fuses installed and ready for use at Grenade Range Camp Fuji, Japan. The M69s are part of the training during exercise Fuji Incremental Training Program (FITP) 2004

A massive weapons cache was found by soldiers from 3rd Platoon, C Company, 1-327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., on Dec. 27, 2005. 280 mortars, 200 fuses and 200 14.5 mm rounds were extracted from a undergound pipe near Alsalana, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Timothy Kingston) (Released)

A massive weapons cache was found by U.S. Army Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, C Company, 1-327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., on Dec. 27, 2005. Approximately 280 mortars, 200 fuses and 200 14.5 mm rounds were extracted from a undergound pipe near Alsalana, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Timothy Kingston) (Released)

A massive weapons cache was found by U.S. Army Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, C Company, 1-327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., on Dec. 27, 2005. 280 mortars, 200 fuses and 200 14.5 mm rounds were extracted from a undergound pipe near Alsalana, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Timothy Kingston) (Released)

A massive weapons cache was found by U.S. Army Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, C Company, 1-327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., on Dec. 27, 2005. 280 mortars, 200 fuses and 200 14.5 mm rounds were extracted from a undergound pipe near Alsalana, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Timothy Kingston) (Released)

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