|Artillery preserved in Canada 6: Quebec, CFB Valcatier
Artillery preserved in the province of Quebec, CFB Valcartier
Data current to 20 Aug 2018.
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Canadian field batteries were combined to form the Royal Canadian Field Artillery (RCFA), which in 1905 became the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (RCHA). The garrison companies would become the Royal Canadian Garrison Artillery (RCGA).
Les batteries de campagne seront amalgamées plus tard au sein de la Royal Canadian Field Artillery (RCFA) qui, en 1905, deviendra la Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (RCHA): pour leur part, les compagnies de garnison donneront la Royal Canadian Garrison Artillery (RCGA).
(James Simmonds Photos)
German First World War 15-cm schwere Feldhaubitze 13 (15-cm sFH 13), (Serial Nr. 1098), 1916, 788 M.V. This gun was captured on 27 Aug 1918 by the Royal 22nd Regiment, 5th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Division, Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), near Cherisy, France. This gun is on display beside the Garrison Officer’s Mess. The barrel of the gun is in the recoil position.
The 15-cm schwere Feldhaubitze 13 (15-cm sFH 13), was a German heavy field howitzer. The gun was a development of the previous standard howitzer, the 15 cm sFH 02. Improvements included a longer barrel resulting in better range and a gun shield to protect the crew. Variants were: the original "kurz" (L/14 – 14 calibre short barrel version), the lg. sFH13 with a longer barrel; and lg. sFH13/02 with minor modifications to simplify wartime manufacture of the lg. sFH weapons. Initially there were serious issues of weak recoil spring mechanisms that would break, and gun barrel explosions. The problems were solved with the upgrades. The British referred to these and their shells as "5 point 9"s or "5 9"s as the bore was 5.9 inches (150 mm). The ability of these guns to deliver mobile heavy firepower close to the frontline gave the Germans a major firepower advantage on the Western Front early in the First World War, as the French and British lacked an equivalent. It was not until late 1915 that the British began to deploy their own 6 inch 26 cwt howitzer. About 3,500 of these guns were produced from 1913 to 1918.
7.5-cm PaK 40 Anti-Tank Gun, Italy. (Willi Ude Photo, Wikipedia)
(James Simmonds Photo)
(Chadley Wagar Photo)
German Second World War 7.5-cm PaK 40 AT Gun (Serial Nr. unknown), in front of the WO and Sgt’s Mess.
6-pounder 7-cwt AT Gun, 3rd AT Regt, RCA, UK, 1944. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4542723)
6-pounder 7-cwt QF Anti-Tank Gun, Building 302 (Men’s Quarters).
25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun with No. 9 circular firing platform, 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery near Cattolica, Italy, 9 September 1944. (Library and Archives Canada Photo 1, MIKAN No. 3533088)
25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun with No. 9 circular firing platform, being towed by a CMP FAT. (Library and Archives Canada Photo 2, MIKAN No. 3607521).
25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun with No. 9 circular firing platform, No. 1 of 2 in front of Building 513 (5e GBMC HQ) HQ.
25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun with No. 9 circular firing platform, No. 2 of 2 in front of Building 513 (5e GBMC HQ) HQ.
25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun with No. 9 circular firing platform, stored in a 5e RALC hangar.
25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun with No. 9 circular firing platform, with funeral platform funerals, also stored in a 5e RALC hangar.
105-mm C1A1, Canada Day salute, Ottawa, 1960. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4234683)
105-mm C1A1 M2A2 Howitzer, CDN No. unknown, Building 311 (5 RALC).
105-mm L5 Pack Howitzer, Building 311 (5 RALC).
155-mm M109 SP Howitzer, Fallex Oct 87, Germany. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4730776)
155-mm M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer, (Reg. No. 77246), 1985, AC: MD, ECC: 119205 HUI C: 1735 SAUI C: 1735, VMO No. DLE21950, VMO Date: 15 Aug 2005. Building 311 (5 RALC).