|Artillery preserved in Canada 5: Ontario, CFB Petawawa
Artillery preserved in Canada: Ontario,
Canadian Forces Base Petawawa
Data current to 1 Oct 2018.
The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document every historical piece of artillery preserved in Canada. Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these guns to provide and update the data found on these web pages. Photos are by the author unless otherwise credited. Any errors found here are by the author, and any additions, corrections or amendments to this list of Guns and Artillery in Canada would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at email@example.com.
For all official data concerning the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, please click on the link to their website:
Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery Website
Note: Back in the day, artillery in Canada was referred to by its radio call sign "Sheldrake". It is now referred to by its "Golf" call sign. (Acorn sends)
The artillery data has become to big for all the guns in Ontario to be listed on one page, therefore the guns on display at CFB Petawa are listed separately here.
CFB Petawawa, 2 RCHA
9-pounder 8-cwt Muzzleloading Rifle, weight 8-1-9 (933 pounds), RGF No. 676, mounted on a wheeled carriage, Foyer of RHQ, 2 RCHA.
12-pounder 6-cwt Breechloading Mk. I Gun, RCHA. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4234796)
Building J-108, located in the lobby of the main transient quarter on Base.
British 4.2-inch Smoothbore Mortar Mk. II with wheeled baseplate. (Allan Peterson Photos)
CFB Petawawa, Military Museums
12-pounder 6-cwt Breechloading Mk. IV Gun, RCD Bldg C40. (Four of these guns were recorded in Petawawa in 1933: Reg. No. 214, carriage Reg. No. 65231, RCD 00; Reg. No. 276, RCD 02; Reg. No. 287, carriage No. 67820, RCD 01; and Reg. No. 288, RCD 01).
12-pounder 6-cwt Breechloading Mk. IV Gun, Serial No. 269, IV, inside the Base Museum, RCD Carriage No. 07816.
25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun, front gate, No. 1 gun.
25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun, front gate, No. 2 gun.
25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun with No. 9 circular firing platform, Artillery Park.
25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun with No. 9 circular firing platform, 2 CMBG HQ.
25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun with No. 9 circular firing platform, with Limber at Regimental HQ, 2 RCHA.
(Terry Honour Photo)
75-mm Pack Howitzer, inside the 2 CMBG main entrance.
5.5-inch BL Mk. III Gun on a Mk. I Carriage, Artillery Park. Canada made carriages for these guns during the Second World War, and after the war acquired 85 of them for the RCA. The gun fired a 45.5-kg (100-pound) shell to a range of 14,800 metres (16,200 yards).
105-mm L5 Pack Howitzer, rigged for a parachute drop, inside the Base Museum.
(Terry Honour Photo)
105-mm C1A1 M2A2 Howitzer, CDN 52, 1955, Menin Road near HQ 2nd Regiment, RCHA.
155-mm M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer, (Serial No. 77233), 1985, AC: CX, ECC: 119205 HUI C: 1764, SAUI C: 1764, VMO No. DLE21804, VMO Date: 24 Jul 2005. Display Monument. “26A”, the 1st Gun, 2nd troop, 2nd Battery, Menin Road.
105-mm L5 Pack Howitzer, Menin Road.
M31/M50 762-mm Honest John Rocket mounted on a transport trailer, Museum Park.
German First World War 7.7-cm Feldkanone 16 (7.7-cm FK 16), (Serial Nr. 24717), no data. Menin Road. This gun is not listed in the official records.
(WO C.H. Kendall Photos)
German Second World War 2.8-cm schwere Panzerbüchse 41 Anti-Tank Gun (2.8-cm sPzB 41) Anti-Tank Gun (Serial No. 2556). The barrel has a separate number, (Serial Nr. 52536) This gun is on loan from the RCA Museum CFB Shilo, Manitoba.
German Second World War 5-cm PaK 38 (L/60) AT Gun (Serial Nr. TBC), corroded, Menin Road.
German Second World War 7.5-cm PaK 40 AT Gun, Hochwald, Germany, 13 March 1945. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3396316)
German Second World War 7.5-cm PaK 40 AT Gun, (Serial Nr. R2595), 1942 beg, stamped BS:Fl1736fqv, Vr:FL200bej, Menin Road.
German Second World War 8.8-cm FlaK 37 AA Gun, (Serial Nr. R3864), stamped BS: Sg563492 RL1084bxe F1318beb, M:F1317beb, S:F1317beb on the breeching ring, North of the Main Gate.
German Second World War 15-cm schwere Feldhaubitze 18 Heavy Field Howitzer, (Serial Nr. R3079), shell strike on the remaining numbers on the breeching ring, Menin Road.
Russian 57-mm ASU-57 SP Gun SP Gun, Museum Park.
I would imagine that many of you who are reading this book are very likely familiar with the standard routine of military training exercises and the rigours of being in the field in all seasons, not to mention the conditions found on deployment these days. Whether or not you have experienced it, I am sure you can well imagine what it is like to train and work in the heat, the dust and the mosquitoes in summer, the wind, the rain and the mud in the spring and fall, the snow and the cold in the winter and of course the routine day-to-day challenges of combat exercises in the training areas of the Canadian Forces. For most in the Army, this includes CFB Gagetown, CFB Valcartier, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Shilo, CFB Edmonton, CFB Wainwright, CFB Suffield and all the fields and exercise areas of LFAATC Aldershot and LFCATC Meaford and their environs.
As an Army Officer in the Canadian Forces, it has been my privilege to have served alongside a tremendous number of highly professional military men and women of our nation while taking part in training in Germany, the UK and the USA and while on operational deployments to Cyprus, Bosnia-Herzegovina and in Afghanistan. During my training and military professional development, I have learned much about our long military history. My interest in our multi-faceted historical record has led me to write about it and to seek out the stories about Canada's military servicemen and women and the tools and equipment they used to preserve our security when warclouds darkened our horizons.
As a military history enthusiast, I have learned over the years that there are many with similar interests in preserving our story. We have all seen the odd old gun or retired tank placed on display outside a Militia Drill Hall, War Memorial, city park site or Royal Canadian Legion Hall, and many will have enjoyed visiting a number of our military Museums. The vast majority of retired wartime combat equipment used by members of the CF have dwindled in number, many being scrapped, others being shot up as targets, while a few have been sold to overseas operators and collectors. Fortunately, a handful of important examples of retired CF guns and war machines have been preserved and may be found in a wide variety of locations throughout Canada.
Curators, docents and volunteers working in Canada's military museums have been successful in preserving a good number of retired military weapons of war and many are still being sought after and in some cases, being restored to running condition again. As an artist, photographer and military history enthusiast, I have attempted to keep track of where historic Canadian military equipment has survived and is presently located and to make that information available to others with the same interest. For those of like mind, the purpose of this handbook is to provide a simple checklist of the classic Great War and WWII artillery that is part of our military heritage and a location guide to where they can be found in Canada. The book includes a number of photographs to illustrate an example of each gun wherever possible, and lists the locations of the survivors by province.
The numbers of restored Canadian guns is actually increasing as a few rare examples are being recovered from scrapyards and monument sites and salvaged for restoration. (Ultra rare items such as Skink AA gun turrets come to mind). One of the aims of this book is to help an enthusiast track down these monuments and museum artefacts and to have a simple reference book on hand with more detailed information about them such as a serial number, a Museum location and contact information which might be helpful in learning a bit of the history of a particular vehicle. The guns detailed in this handbook are listed alphabetically by manufacturer, number and type in the order that they came into service with the CF. The data is also appended with a list of most of the current guns found in the various collections and Museums in Canada. The book is also meant to serve as a companion volume to "Ironsides", Canadian Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicle Museums and Monuments, also available online.
It is my sincere hope that more of the guns and artillery found in this list will one day be added to the record of historically important military armament survivors that have been recovered and restored.
Shelldrake can be ordered online in softcover or e-book at these bookstores:
Photos and technical data on artillery preserved in Canada may be viewed by Province on seprate pages on this website.