British Pack Artillery

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Pat Holscher
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We've had a lot on US Pack Artillery, but surely there was a British pack artillery relatively late also. Did the British retain pack artillery in WWII?

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Yup we certainly did, the good old 3.7 inch Howitzer, it was used up to the end of the war in the Far East but elsewhere earlier. If my memory serves me it came in at the very end of WWI with spoked wheels but the WWII version had pneumatic ones

The saddles for it are in that early post war illustraed VAOS and I have scanned in the guns 1942 VAOS. (the spoked ones where still listed but as "Special" with spokes and felloes as seperate spares)

The missus is putting together one of the ammunition saddles. In fact we are only a head collar and a pair of pannels from completing a set (we missed out on a pair of the latter by a week or so recently, unissued :-{( ) although I have yet to find where I have hidden a bag of brass nuts and bolts I removed from the steel frame while repainting it. I would also like to source some suitable leather to renew the buckle and end pieces that attache to the frame as well. Although unissued the frame had been stored carelessly and needed some TLC but I'm pretty sure I can knock up some replacements using the originols as patterns.

A couple at least are in private hands in the UK, bored out smooth and on a shot gun liscence used as saluting guns. I'd be tempted myself if I could find one with spoked wheels and of course didn't have this moneypit to do up!

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Thanks Tom.

If anyone can point us to a photo, that'd be great. I know we have one of Indian troops with a pack gun, so perhaps that is what they're packing.

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Pat:

Tom sent me the illustrated VAOS a few years back, I provide a link to the 10 plates which illustrate the final versions of the "Saddles, P.A. - Packsaddlery Artillery":

http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeeir49/mili ... /id28.html

Here on the UP portion of the site there are excellent photos of the Pack Saddlery Artillery courtesy of Mr's Puckey and Behary:

http://www.militaryhorse.org/upsaddle/pack.htm

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I was suprised to see that they were used in North West Europe, at Walcheren and at Wesel at the Rhine crossing, in support of the Commandos.

http://riv.co.nz/rnza/hist/local/qf37in.htm

http://members.tripod.com/~nigelef/37inchowsheet.htm

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