Ordnance QF 32-pounder

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The 32-pdr mounted in the Assault Tank A39 Tortoise

The Ordnance QF 32 pounder or (32-pdr) was a British 94 mm gun, developed as a replacement for the Ordnance QF 17 pounder (17-pdr) anti tank and tank gun.

Like the German 88 mm gun it was developed from an anti-aircraft (AA) gun, in this case the QF 3.7 inch AA gun.

Developed during World War II the gun was used in the experimental Tortoise heavy tank and as a trial installation[citation needed] in a single de Havilland Mosquito fighter bomber.

The 32-pdr fired a 32 lb armour piercing shot at a muzzle velocity of 2880 ft/s.

Development was halted with the end of the war, and the 17-pdr was replaced with the 20-pdr for tank use, and with the intention to develop guided weapons for infantry use.

At least one 32 pounder was developed as an anti-tank gun on a wheeled carriage.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ New Vanguard 98: British Anti-Tank Artillery 1939-45. by Chris Henry. Osprey Publishing
  • Allied Secret Weapons a Purnell's History of the World Wars Special. Phoebus, 1975, (No ISBN)