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What fired this ?

Article about: I`ve had this on my hearth for about 12 years . anybody know what artillery fired it? cheers Al

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    I`ve had this on my hearth for about 12 years . anybody know what artillery fired it?

    cheers Al
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    I think it is a 40mm. Bofors anti-aircraft round. John.

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    Hi Al, I would imagine a 40mm Bofors Gun?

    Here is a useful link on British shell cases etc:

    Ammunition and Ordnance Treatise


    Cheers, Ade.

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    Yep !! a "pom - pom"

    Gary J.

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    that`s what i was thinking , thanks for confirming lad`s , thank`s aswell for the link Ade

    cheers Al

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    i think iv`e seen these in film clips being loaded from the top in clips of five rounds , would that be correct ?

    cheers Al

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    That is correct

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Yep its a Bofors round a very common weapon during WW2, these were designed in Sweden, and based on the Vickers Navel QF 2 pounder "Pom, Pom" anti aircraft system, the Bofors was also built under licence in both Britain and all the U. S. A. The Royal ordnance did think of converting this weapon back to imperial calibre once again, however this was not pursued and so remained designated 40mm. A similar thing was done with the Royal Armoured Corps Czechoslovakian designed Besa Machine gun this was chambered for the German 7.92 round, and so when it was built and used in the U.K. the metric calibre was retained.

    Nige.

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    thank`s for the info Nige , great stuff mate !

    cheers Al

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    would these bofors guns be the general air defensive system used around cities and major targets ?

    cheers Al

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