Shell Q.F. High Explosive 4.5 in Howitzer Mark V, plugged
- Catalogue number
- MUN 3233
- Display status
- IWM London
- general: Length 343 mm
- general: Diameter 115 mm
- Alternative Names
- FULL NAME: Shell Q.F. High Explosive 4.5 in Howitzer Mark V, plugged
- SIMPLE NAME: projectile : British
- Object Type
- weapons and ammunition
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First World War period British 4.5-inch high explosive (HE) shell. The 4.5-inch howitzer, a highly mobile field gun with a high trajectory, was one of the most widely used British artillery weapons of the First World War; it was a well-regarded field-piece but when subject to excessive wear (and in association with stocks of poor quality ammunition) experienced problems with 'premature bursts' - which posed serious hazards for gun crews. Reflecting this problem 4.5inch howitzer batteries were sometimes referred to as 'suicide clubs'.
See Issue Voucher 1124
shell 4.5-inch high explosive shell (L 13.5in x diameter 4.5in) used in the 4.5-inch howitzer. Bears stamped markings: 4.5" HOW V.
4.5" HOW V
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