Shell Q.F. High Explosive 4.5 in Howitzer Mark V, plugged

Catalogue number
  • MUN 3233
Department
Exhibits
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IWM London
Materials
  • whole: metal
Dimensions
  • whole: Diameter 115 mm, Length 343 mm
Alternative names
  • full name: Shell Q.F. High Explosive 4.5 in Howitzer Mark V, plugged
  • simple name: projectile : British
Category
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'.

Physical description

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.

History note

See Issue Voucher 1124

Stamped

4.5" HOW V

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