This is the seventh in the series of photo essays of the Imperial War Museum in London.
Here are some serious explosive bits. From the left, we have a British 15 inch naval shell, 14 inch British high explosive shell, A WW1 16.5 inch German shell which was used by Big Bertha, then we have a 18 inch monitor vessel naval shell and finally a WW1 1650lb bomb. Hairy stuff, eh? you dont want to see the point coming towards you, that will definitely ruin your day.
This is such a cute little gun. Its a 7.5cm German Mountain Gun.
The entire production run was sent to Africa in the early part of the last century. Even the embossing harks back to a royal background. This was captured in South West Africa by the Brits in 1915.
Now this was the heavy tank for the Brits. The little mountain gun next to it looks like a peashooter, eh? This is the Churchill Mark VII Infantry tank.
It was seriously heavy. 43 tons of dead weight. As you can imagine, no engine was powerful enough to push it around at first although the situation improved as life went on. Typically, the designers designed it for a WW1 type of trench fight till the Germans disabused them of this notion.
It had that 2 pounder gun with a machine gun, but it was used mainly for reconnaissance. If you had to fight it out, then you were not doing your job.
The insignia is that of the 1st Kings Dragoon Guards, Sicily, Sept 1943
This was a very versatile little gun, more than 12000 were manufactured and were used in support artillery, anti tank, jungle, airborne and mountain roles.
These guns were also used in the 1971 Indo Pakistan War. Hmmm, quite close to home then. Very very interesting, that large wheel base would give huge stability and could traverse 360 degrees.
Lovely pieces of kit.