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The Museum sadly closed last year

2.5 inch RML mountain gun

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3 inch 20 cwt AA

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The Royal Artillery collection is going to form the basis of a new museum at Larkhill, Firepower was an excellent museum though hampered by it's location (actually being addressed by the CrossRail project) and lack of publicity.  The museum suffered staff shortages, which meant half the site was often closed which resulted in reduced income.

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4.5 inch howitzer

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6 inch 26 cwt howitzer

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6 inch 30 cwt howitzer

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7.7 cm FK 96

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Thanks for posting this photo of the Firepower Museum's 7,7cm lFK 1896 n/A.  This piece was back in storage for a number of years that the museum operated at Woolwich and I was unable to get good photos of it.  To my memory, this 7,7cm has its sight mount, which is quite rare.  The wheels are not correct for this piece.  They are not the pre-war wheels with spoke shoes and they are not the wartime wheels which sandwich the spokes between the felloes, kept together with a steel channel.  They appear to be newly made ones that do not follow either typical German WW1 Era wheel pattern. 

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Despite what was reported at the time, there is nothing planned for the 'new' museum at Larkhill. When I was there less than a year before closure I was told there was no land, planning permission or funding for the new museum. The exhibits will just be in storage. A terrible end to a great museum at the home of the Royal Artillery

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Ralph Lovett wrote:

Thanks for posting this photo of the Firepower Museum's 7,7cm lFK 1896 n/A.  This piece was back in storage for a number of years that the museum operated at Woolwich and I was unable to get good photos of it.  To my memory, this 7,7cm has its sight mount, which is quite rare.  The wheels are not correct for this piece.  They are not the pre-war wheels with spoke shoes and they are not the wartime wheels which sandwich the spokes between the felloes, kept together with a steel channel.  They appear to be newly made ones that do not follow either typical German WW1 Era wheel pattern.


Glad to be of help. I am on the road right now. I have more pictures at home, I could post/share them once I will be back if you think they are useful to you.

Massimo



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Great photos as usual Massimo. I enjoyed the pic of the 3 inch20 cwt A.A. gun.A design ahead of its time which was not withdrawn from the inventory until the end of WW2. somewhere in my files I have a photo of one very similar weapon preserved at the Naval Museum at El Tigre,(Bueos aires) . It was mounted aboard the "La Rioja" class of flotilla leaders The Argentine Navy ordered from White's

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18 pdr QF Mk II field gun

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Ralph Lovett wrote:

Thanks for posting this photo of the Firepower Museum's 7,7cm lFK 1896 n/A.


 

Here you can find additional pictures:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/zeghwq7u1w66pkh/7.7cmFK96.zip?dl=0



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Your photos are of very good quality, Massimo. Many thanks for sharing them with us. Regards, Pat



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75 mm 1897

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The collection included non WW I pieces, if you want to see a selection of pictures covering also other artifacts, take a look here:
www.flickr.com/photos/massimofoti/albums/72157678262827342

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The 10 pdr screw gun: https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/massimofoti/32890681632/in/set-72157678262827342/ Is very much a WW1 gun, they replaced the 2.5 inch RML in your post further up in the 1900's and served at Gallipoli (including a Scottish territorial mountain gun brigade which my great grandfather served in) until replaced by the 2.75 inch mountain gun from 1915 onwards

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I wasn't aware of that. Thanks Rob!

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Something I have been curious about with the 10pdr screw gun, why the two direct fire sights in parallel?

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Ralph Lovett

 

 



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Rob wrote:

Despite what was reported at the time, there is nothing planned for the 'new' museum at Larkhill. When I was there less than a year before closure I was told there was no land, planning permission or funding for the new museum. The exhibits will just be in storage. A terrible end to a great museum at the home of the Royal Artillery


It seems planning permission is being sought http://www.salisburyplainheritagecentre.com/ around now.

More details here, http://www.arup.com/news/2016_02_february/22_february_salisbury_plain_heritage_centre_plans_revealed

That said, there is no idea about the timescales for this project, though the aim appears to be to 'capture' those visiting Stonehenge, frankly the stones are interesting, but hardly that exciting.

jh



-- Edited by jch_in_uk on Thursday 9th of March 2017 06:22:05 PM

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