The 25-pounder Field Gun 1939-72 (New Vanguard, Volume 48) by Chris Henry

By Chris Henry

Of the entire British weapons in use throughout the moment global struggle, the 25 pounder is the gun that most sensible represents Britain's militia. It was once adaptable, it packed a strong punch, and particularly it used to be trustworthy. This booklet presents a whole strive against historical past of a gun that used to be utilized in each theatre of the second one international struggle and observed huge provider within the postwar years, relatively in Korea and through the Malaysian emergency. The final 25-pounder gun to determine motion within the British military used to be one utilized by SAS troops at Mirbat, Oman, in 1972.

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All this was done in case of desertion—so they would have a thorough description with which to hunt him down. Discipline was strict. ) A court martial merited a maximum of 100 lashes. Desertion was punishable by death. A heroic sergeant, James Bird who fought on the Lawrence, was executed by firing squad after the battle of Lake Erie because he deserted from the Niagara—he actually missed that boat because of his girlfriend and had in fact caught the next ship out with the squadron. A red hot branding iron with a “D” for desertion was branded on the forehead of a deserter.

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