Minggu, 31 Januari 2010
BL 7.2 inch Howitzer Mk.I
The BL 7.2 inch Howitzer Mk.I and subsequent marks were a series of heavy artillery pieces designed by the United Kingdom at the start of World War II. The 7.2 inch (183 mm) was not a new design, but instead a re-lined version of the 8 inch (203 mm) howitzers dating from World War I. The weapons were a stop-gap measure to meet the urgent need for heavy artillery faced by the Allies early in World War II.
However, they managed to perform relatively well, and were kept in service by the British until the end of the war, in their AGRA Units as parts of "Heavy" regiments to provide heavy fire support for British and Commonwealth troops.
56th Heavy Regiment Royal Artillery (in which Spike Milligan served) was equipped with BL 7.2 inch Howitzers; these replaced obsolete BL 9.2 inch Howitzers.