QF 18-pounder Gun

The Ordnance QF 18 pounder was an 84mm (3.3in) field gun used by the British, Canadian, and Australian forces during World War I. Introduced in 1903, it saw combat action since the first year of the war, being used at the battles of Mons, First Marne, Le Cateau, etc. At the beginning it was used in the forward position, in the open field, as an enemy infantry killer, in the direct fire role; however, when the German began attacking and destroying the 18-pounders and their crews by the thousands, using howitzers that shot high explosive shells from hidden positions, the English changed their tactics, putting their field guns back, also in hidden positions, replacing the shrapnell shells for high explosive ones that exploded upon contact. But it never was quite as effective, as the German howitzers, against trenches and bunkers, for it had a flat trajectory.

Named after the shell it fired, which weighed 18 pounds, the QF 18 pounder had an effective range of 8.5 km and a muzzle velocity of 492 m/s. It was fitted with a screw breech and a hydro-pneumatic recoil system, and had a rate of fire of 20 rounds per minute. The gun was towed by horses and was operated by a crew of 6 men.

Weight: 1.38 tons

Barrel length: 2.34 m

Elevation: -5º to +16º

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BMR-625 VEC

The BMR-625 VEC is a six-wheeled armored vehicle developed by the Spanish state-owned firm ENASA-Pegaso, entering service with the Spanish Army, in 1980, as an armored reconnaissance vehicle, with amphibious capability. It is armed with a 25mm M242 Bushmaster autocannon, mounted on a rotating turret, and a 7.62mm MG3S machine gun. The BMR-625 is powered by a Scania DS9 6-V diesel engine, has a maximum speed of 100 km per hour, and a range of 550 km. This Spanish vehicle has a crew of 5. It has seen combat action in Irak in 2003.

Technical Data

Length: 6.1 m
Width: 2.5 m
Height: 2.5 m
Weight: 14 tons
Armor: steel

Fire in Anger

Fire in anger is a military phrase which means to shoot or open fire on the enemy, whatever the form it takes, a single soldier, a military base or a ship, in time of war. Thus, a missile, torpedo, or shots fired in anger are never for practice, but to destroy or annihilate the enemy, which is a lethal threat.

Panzerjäger Company

During World War II, the Panzerjäger company of the German infantry regiment was a fully motorized unit which consisted of four platoons, each with three antitank guns and a total of 12 light machine guns; a company chief (Oberleutnant) with company troop (13 men) using cars and motorcycles; and a combat supply train with one car, one large field kitchen, 3 trucks. It was main source of antitank defense in an infantry regiment during the entire war. The antitank guns were rapid-fire cannon-type weapons which fired antitank shells in flat fire, directly aimed using telescopic sights, primarily at enemy tanks but also at strongly fortified places, such as concrete bunkers and explosive shells at infantry targets.

Battle of Samar

The Battle of Samar was one of the four naval confrontations of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. It took place in the Philippine Sea, off the coast of Samar island, which is a large island of the Philippines, on October 25, 1944, in the Pacific theater of World War II.

Admiral William Halsey, Jr., had been lured into taking the 3rd Fleet after a Japanese decoy fleet. Thus only three escort carrier groups of the 7th Fleet remained in the area off Samar Island and Leyte Gulf. Another powerful Japanese surface force of battleships and cruisers that were thought to have been retreated instead turned around unobserved and sailed into the northernmost of group of the 7th Fleet, Task Unit 77.4.3, known as Taffy 3, whose destroyers and destroyer escorts ferociously counter attacked with 127 mm guns and torpedoes the Japanese vessels, while carrier aircraft dropped bombs and depth charges. Although US warships leading the counter-attack suffered heavy personnel losses in the Battle of Samar, they sank three Japanese cruisers, causing confusion and convincing the Japanese commander, Vice Admiral Takeo Kurita, to regroup and withdraw, rather than advancing to sink troop and supply ships at Leyte Gulf.

Battle of Samar Map

 

Documentary Video of the Battle of Samar