Australian artillery gunners hard at work during an artillery bombardment near Zonnebeke October 1917 (WW1).-AWM

Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company 18 Pounder Gun Project

Posted on centenarynews.com on 28 October 2014
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The Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company (RAAHC) has undertaken a project to create an original WW1 Quick Firing 18 Pounder gun team. The project will involve the restoration of an 18 Pounder, its ammunition limber, the acquisition/restoration of harness and saddles, the recruitment of gun detachments, the acquisition of horses and the replication of period uniforms.

The Quick Firing (QF) 18 Pounder was the principle Field Gun of the British Army in World War One.  The gun saw service in every theatre of the Great War. Its calibre of 84mm and shell weight made it more brutal and destructive than the French 75mm and German 77mm. Its ammunition had the shell combined with the cartridge thus giving it the description of ‘quick firing’.

The 18 pounder gun was introduced into Australian service in 1906 and continued to be used until 1945. Today only seven of this early model remain of which three are updated with pneumatic tyres and three are Museum items.

The RAAHC state that they hope "to provide a living memorial to Australian Artillery by deploying the gun and team for commemorative events starting in 1915 for the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli."

For more information, go to the RAAHC Project web page

Watch the development of the project with more information in this video

Images courtesy of RAAHC 

Posted by: Hannah Schneider, Centenary News