Ordnance QF 3-inch howitzer

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Mk I Churchill tank with hull-mounted 3-inch howitzer on exercises on Salisbury Plain, January 1942

Ordnance QF 3 inch howitzer was a howitzer fitted to British tanks of the Second World War so they could fire a HE shell in "close support" of infantry.

It was used to equip the British Infantry tanks: Matilda II, Churchill tank Mk I, and the cruiser tank Crusader (65 rounds).

Later in the war a larger 95 mm howitzer was employed for the same purpose.

Specification[edit]

  • Calibre: 3 inches (76 mm)
  • Length of barrel: 75 inches (1,900 mm) (25 calibres)
  • Overall length: 78.2 inches (1,990 mm)
  • Weight: 256 pounds (116 kg)
  • Muzzle velocity: 600 to 700 feet per second (180 to 210 m/s)
  • Ammunition
    • Cartridge: 76.2x134R
    • Smoke: 13.4 pounds (6.1 kg)
    • HE: 13.9 pounds (6.3 kg)
  • Range 2,000 to 2,500 yards (1,800 to 2,300 m)

Notes and references[edit]

  • Peter Chamberlain and Chris Ellis British And American Tanks Of World War II

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