British 4.5'' QF Howitzer

QF 4.5-inch howitzer

PapelObús de campo
En servicio1908–1944

el Obús ordnance QF de 4,5 pulgadas was the standard British Empire field (or ‘light’) howitzer of the First World War era. It replaced the BL 5-inch howitzer and equipped some 25% of the field artillery. It entered service in 1910 and remained in service through the interwar period and was last used in the field by British forces in early 1942. It was generally horse drawn until mechanisation in the 1930s. The QF 4.5-inch howitzer was used by British and Commonwealth forces in most theatres, by Russia and by British troops in Russia in 1919. Its calibre (114 mm) and hence shell weight were greater than those of the equivalent German field howitzer (105 mm); France did not have an equivalent. In the Second World War it equipped some units of the BEF and British, Australian, New Zealand and South African batteries in East Africa and the Middle and Far East.

Fuente: Obús QF de 4,5 pulgadas en Wikipedia

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el Obús QF de 4,5 pulgadas was a British field artillery piece used in the First and Second World Wars. It was developed as a response to the need for a lighter and more mobile gun than the 6-inch howitzer, which was cumbersome and slow to move. The QF 4.5-inch howitzer had a quick-firing breech mechanism that allowed a high rate of fire, and a hydro-pneumatic recoil system that reduced the recoil forces on the carriage.
The gun fired a 35-pound high-explosive shell with a range of about 7,200 yards. It was also capable of firing gas, smoke, and shrapnel shells. The QF 4.5-inch howitzer was widely used by the British and Commonwealth forces in various theatres of war, including the Western Front, Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, Palestine, and North Africa. It was also supplied to other Allied countries, such as Belgium, France, Greece, and Poland. The gun remained in service until the end of the Second World War, when it was replaced by the 25-pounder gun-howitzer.

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