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BR23078 -- 1914 British 13 Pound Gun RHA with Five Man Crew

BR23078 -- 1914 British 13 Pound Gun RHA with Five Man Crew
BR23078 -- 1914 British 13 Pound Gun RHA with Five Man Crew
SKU: BR23078
Released January 2015!
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Price: $195.00
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The Ordnance QF 13-pounder quick-firing field gun was the standard equipment of the British Royal Horse Artillery at the outbreak of World War I. The gun was developed as a response to combat experience gained in the Boer War and entered service in 1904.

The 13-pounder was intended as a rapid-firing and highly-mobile, yet reasonably powerful field gun for Royal Horse Artillery batteries attached to Cavalry divisions which were expected to be engaged in mobile open warfare.

By late 1914, however, the Western Front settled into trench warfare and the 13-pounder was found to be too light to be truly effective against prepared defensive positions. As a result, it was increasingly supplanted by the 18-pounder.

The first British artillery round on the Western Front in World War I was fired by No. 4 gun of Battery “E” Royal Horse Artillery on August 22, 1914, northeast of Harmignies in Belgium. The 13-pounder was also used to great effect by Battery “L” Royal Horse Artillery in its famous defensive action on September 1, 1914 at Néry, France, for which three Victoria Crosses were awarded.

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