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BL 18 Inch Howitzer Mk1 Serial No LI

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Ordnance. BL 18 Inch Howitzer Mk1 Serial No LI This howitzer is the sole survivor of five pieces built by the Elswick Ordnance company in 1917 for service in France. It was completed in 1919 too late for the Great War and carried out proof firing at Shoeburyness in 1921. it was originally mounted on an operational 164 Ton railway mounting. The present mounting is a unique 95 ton railway proof sleigh made by the Royal Carriage Department in 1886.

The 18 Inch Howitzer is the largest piece of ordnance ever to enter British Land service. It has been at Shoeburyness continuously since 1940. Between 1943 and 1959 it was used to project 1000ib bombs against concrete targets. It has fired a total of 455 rounds and is in its first quarter of barrel life.

LI Ordnance
Weight of barrel 85 tons
Weight of shell 2,500 lbs
Weight of charge 282 lbs Max
Maximum range 24,600 yards 13.97 Miles

No 10 Mounting
Weight 95 tons
Maximum elevation 10Deg

The person stood next to the shell in picture 11 is 6' 3'' and 20 stone which should give you some idea of just how big this shell is..
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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70s starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70s, I have had lots of opportunitie...


Comments

Wow, nice choice for a walkaround Darren!
OCT 13, 2010 - 01:32 PM
I don't know do you think it is big enough.
OCT 13, 2010 - 01:43 PM