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The description of the Gun Carrier states that it could carry the two different types of guns and that these could be fired while aboard the Carrier.

Were these ever used in the SPG role or was this a possibility that never happened?



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The Gun Carrier could carry either the 6inch 26cwt howitzer or the 60 Pounder (5inch) gun but only the 6inch howitzer could be fired from the Carrier.

The 60 Pounder barrel had be released and moved back onto the trail when it was on the Carrier. I've seen a mention that the 60 Pounder gun

was fired from the Carrier during initial trials but this wasn't standard practice and would likely have made the Carrier tend to tip forwards because

of the weight and length of the 60 Pounder barrel.

I have seen a reference to the Carrier being used on night shoots around Ypres in April 1918. This seems to have been the only time it saw action

in its intended role. In May 1918 the surviving Carriers had their gun handling equipment removed so the could carry more stores. 

I've got a scan of the "Wheels and Tracks" article on the Gun Carrier by David Fletcher if you want it. 

Regards,

Charlie

 



-- Edited by CharlieC on Monday 12th of October 2020 02:47:06 AM



-- Edited by CharlieC on Monday 12th of October 2020 02:47:31 AM

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Thanks, Charlie, would appreciate that.

Tony



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-- Edited by haknifulti on Friday 30th of October 2020 06:55:38 AM

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