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Legend

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I'm sure we're all familiar with the story of how, at d'Eyncourt's suggestion, the 6 pounders came to be fitted in sponsons on the side of the early rhomboids. I've read it many times. Then it occured to me that I'd never actually seen one in situ on a ship. It was a real struggle to find one on a British ship. But I did manage to find these. I just happened to spot this vessel in a TV documentary. I think this is the Scharnhorst. It might not be of interest to anyone, but it's the first time I've seen them in their natural habitat.



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This is a Russian Empire ship



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Sergeant

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Here are a few British examples:

Iron Duke Class (1912-13)
Iron Duke Class 1912-13.JPG

HMS Tiger (1913)
HMS Tiger (1913).JPG

HMS Malaya (Queen Elizabeth Class 1913-15)
HMS Malaya (Queen Elizabeth Class 1913-15).JPG

HMS Royal Sovereign (Revenge Class 1914-16)
HMS Royal Sovereign (Revenge Class 1914-16).JPG


HTH,
Kevin



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Many thanks, citizens. I think that's quite interesting. Very imaginative of  d'Eyncourt.



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I guess as a naval architect, he was drawing (no pun intended) on his experience - in particular, as lead designer for the Revenge Class (shown above) in 1913, which would still have been fresh in his mind when the Landship Committee was formed.

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Excellent point.



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I would also add that full-crewed turrets are also naval in origin. Personally I consider modern tanks in general (as in with separate gunner and commander) to be landships too - land monitors.

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