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25 pounder re-united

Article about: Hi all Some of you may recall a year or two back that I found a 25lber base ejecting smoke round on an old gunnery range. Then, six months later I found another at the same range. Some of yo

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    Hi all

    Some of you may recall a year or two back that I found a 25lber base ejecting smoke round on an old gunnery range. Then, six months later I found another at the same range.

    Some of you may also have seen that I found a 25lber case at the carboot this weekend and bought it for 3.

    The fuse cap on the 25 lb projectile is dated 1943. (I have included a picture showing the projectile is TOTALLY empty and inert, to avoid calls of 'OH MY GOD STEVE THAT THING IS LIVVVVEEEE !!!' It isn't. It contains no explosive what-so-ever).

    The headstamp on the 25 lber case is 1943.

    So I wondered......

    I wondered if they would still fit together......

    One of them didn't fit at all. The rust had increased it's diameter too much. However, the other one I had spent a couple of hours chipping the rust off and then spraying it with a clear varnish to prevent further rusting. With a bit of jiggling round.....it did indeed fit !












    I don't think it looks too bad at all.

    I think I'll leave it like this rather than completely restore the projectile. Makes it more of a talking point I think.

    But what a find.......not only finding 2 of the projectiles, but then finding a casing at the carboot.

    Re-united after 67 years.



    Hope you like the piece.

    Steve T

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    Strange.....upload didn't work

    I shall try again
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    Looks good Steve , i did my first Gunnery training on the 25 Pounder before going on to 105 packs and 105 Lights so i've got a soft spot for them
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Looks good Steve, they are of a similar appearance and size to the US 105's we find quite often, I have found some 25pdr's in the Canadian Sector and near Tilly but always live so I have left them there. That one looks great with the casing

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    Well done Steve!!!! It looks great!!!

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