The Gun that Knocks Out the German Tanks
The Royal Regiment of Artillery is equipped with one of the best guns in the world – the 25-pounder "gunhow", which combines the functions of a howitzer and a high-velocity field gun. Its pedigree is derived from its predecessors, the 4.5 howitzer and the 18-pounder field gun, which were the standard field pieces to the last World War.
The range of the British 25-pounder is said to be far greater than that of its German equivalent and whereas the latter has a traverse of only 60 degrees, the British gun, by means of the traverse wheel which constitutes its ground platform, can sweep through a complete circle.
It has proved its great value in the Libyan campaign, where again and again it has turned the tide. Used as a high-velocity gun it created havoc among the German tanks, achieving the same results as the Russian anti-tank planes (see page 474). In some cases a single shell passed through two German tanks and even then did further damage beyond. 25-pounder field regiments are now completely mechanized, and as our forces expand and production increases this British "gunhow" is likely to have considerable influence on the course of future campaigns.