Two Field Artillery Pieces - Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
The 4.5 inch Howitzer and the 18-Pounder Field gun were field artillery pieces used by the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery during World War I and up to just after the start of Wold War II.
The 4.5-inch Howitzer - It first entered service with British and Commonwealth forces in 1910 and was used until it was replaced by the 25-pounder in 1942. Initially it and a limber were drawn by a team of 6-horses. The horses were gradually replaced by mechanized vehicles during the 1930s. The total mass of the howitzer was 3,010 lb (1,370 kg), and it was manned by a crew of 6. The projectile and the brass cartridge containing the propellant were loaded separately. It had an effective firing range of 6,600 yd (6,000 m) .Its rate of fire was approximately 4-rounds/minute.
The 18-Pounder - It was first introduced in 1904 and was used by British and Commonwealth forces until it was replaced in 1942.. Initially it and its limber were drawn by a team of 6-horses which were gradually replaced during the 1930s with mechanized vehicles. Its mass was 2,825 lb (1,281 kg), and it could be fired at a maximum rate of 20-rounds/minute or a sustained rate of 4 rounds/minute. It was normally manned by a team of 6-soldiers.
August 25th, 2020
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