WW1 Field Gun & Limber - Wooden Model Kit

WW1 Field Gun & Limber - Wooden Model Kit
WW1 Field Gun & Limber - Wooden Model Kit
February 4, 2018

Modelers Central is excited to introduce the latest addition to our range of wooden model kits - WW1 Field Gun & Limber.

Field Gun & Limber (Carriage) - WW1 18pdr Quick Firing

 

The 18 pound QF Field Gun, or simply 18-pounder Gun, was the standard British Empire field gun of the World War I era and was used on all fronts during the First World War. It was produced in large numbers and formed the backbone of British, Australian, Canadian & New Zealand artillery forces in all the main theatres of the First World War. Australian and New Zealand forces employed the 18-pounder Gun on Gallipoli and the Western Front.
Its calibre (84mm) and hence shell weight were greater than those of the equivalent field guns in French (75mm) and German (77mm) service.

The 18-pounder was a quick-firing horse-drawn field gun designed to be towed behind a limber and six horses. The gun barrel was wire bound nickel-steel with a single-motion screw breech with a cartridge extractor. It fired a fixed round of shell and cartridge fixed together, which was known as "quick firing" in British terminology. The lower carriage comprised a single hollow steel trail fixed to the centre of the axle-tree. The limited traverse saddle supported the elevating mass and a shield. Traverse controls were on the left and elevation on the right of the saddle. Recoil was by a hydraulic buffer with telescopic running-up springs to return the barrel to its firing position.

The limber was towed between the gun and horse team and carried 24 rounds of ammunition. Each gun was accompanied by a wagon and limber carrying the gun detachment (none were carried on the gun limber) and 48 and 28 rounds respectively. In action the limbers were placed beside the guns and their steel bodies provided an extended shield to protect the detachments against small arms fire.

The towed weight of the gun and loaded limber was 40 cwt, the wagon and its limber were about 37 cwt. Each battery also held a second wagon and limber per gun, giving first line ammunition stocks of 176 rounds per gun.

The first versions were introduced in 1904 and later versions remained in service with British forces until early 1942. During the interwar period the 18-pounder formed the basis of early versions of the equally famous Ordnance QF 25 pounder, which would form the basis of the British artillery forces during and after World War II, in much the same fashion as the 18-pounder had during World War I.

The Australian History of the 18 Pounder Gun

The 18 pounder gun was introduced into Australian service in 1906 and continued to be used until 1945. It was the standard field gun in service until 1940 when it began to be replaced by the 25 pounder gun. When World War 1 commenced there were 116 18-pounder guns in Australia and 76 of these were sent to Gallipoli and France during the war. In addition further guns were purchased to replace damaged guns and also to supply the increasing number of gun batteries in the AIF. It is estimated some 500 guns were obtained in all. 116 were brought back to Australia. Today only seven of this early model remain of which three are updated with pneumatic tyres and three are Museum items.

The Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company has undertaken a major restoration of a 18 Pounder Field Gun and Limber.

The wooden model kit of the Field Gun and Limber (Carriage) comes complete with all parts and fittings and comprehensive full colour English building instructions.
 

 

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