The Ordnance QF 25-pounder, or more simply 25-pounder or 25-pdr, was the major British field gun and howitzer during the Second World War, possessing a 3.45-inch (87.6 mm) calibre. It was introduced into service just before the war started, combining both high-angle and direct-fire abilities, a relatively high rate of fire, and a reasonably lethal shell in a highly mobile piece. It remained the British Army’s primary artillery field piece well into the 1960s, with smaller numbers serving in training units until the 1980s.
Many Commonwealth countries used theirs in active or reserve service until about the 1970s and ammunition for the weapon is currently being produced by Pakistan Ordnance Factories. Initial production was slow, but by 1945 over 13,000 units had been manufactured.
The 25-pounder was probably the most outstanding field artillery piece used by British and Commonwealth forces in the Second World War, being durable, easy to operate and versatile.
The 25-pounder fired “separate” or two-part ammunition – the projectile was loaded separately from the propelling charge in its (usually brass) cartridge case with its integral primer.
The Ordnance Quick-Firing 17-pounder (or just 17-pdr) was a 76.2 mm (3 inch) gun developed by the British during World War II. It was used as an anti-tank gun on its own carriage, as well as equipping a number of British tanks.
This box contains:
- 1 limber (can be assembled in transport or deployed mode)
- Option to build either a 25-pdr field gun & howitzer or a 17/25-pdr AT-gun
- Two gun barrel choices (Mk I or Mk II) for the 25-pdr
- ammo boxes, various ammo and spent shells
- A set of 5 British artillery crew for the North African campaign
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