RHODESIAN ARTILLERY 25PDR

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I believe these photographs are from Eric Bird so thanks Eric for these interesting photos of the Rhodesian Artillery 25pdrs on ops. Comments below by ex RhA members Dave McIntosh and John Boulter.

A good photo, QF as said by Dave but classed into two classes, Fixed and semi fixed, Some semi fixed are matched before loading, in other words the projectile and cart are pushed together before loading, no ramming required.

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  • “The 25-pounder fired “separate”or two-part ammunition—the projectile and the propelling charge in its (usually brass) cartridge case with its integral primer were loaded separately. Typically for a quick-firing gun, the cartridge case provided obturation.

    There were two types of cartridge. The “normal” cartridge contained three cloth charge bags (coloured red, white and blue). White or blue bags would be removed from the cartridge to give “charge one” or “charge two”, leaving all three bags in the cartridge case gave “charge three”. The cartridge case was closed at the top with a leatherboard cup. The second type of cartridge was “super”, which provided one charge only. The cup could not be removed from the cartridge case. In 1943, an incremental charge of 5.5 oz (160 g) of cordite (“super-plus”) was introduced to raise the muzzle velocity when firing AP shot with charge super; this required a muzzle brake to be fitted.”

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