Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Artillery preserved in Canada 7: New Brunswick, 5 CDSB Gagetown, the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School

Artillery preserved at 5 Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown,

the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School (RRCAS)

Data current to 17 Sep 2018.

The aim of this web page is to locate, identify and document every historical piece of artillery preserved in the RRCAS as 5 CDSB Gagetown.  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 hskaarup@rogers.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)

Une traduction au français pour l'information technique présente serait grandement apprécié. Vos corrections, changements et suggestions sont les bienvenus, et peuvent être envoyés au hskaarup@rogers.com

Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School (RRCS)

155-mm M777 in action, RCRCS at 5 Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown.  (CF Photo)

Cast Iron ½-pounder Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun, weight unknown, mounted on a wood carriage, inside the school.  Presented to the Artillery School by LCol J.D.E. Crossman, 13 Aug 1978, and restored in 2004.  Buildoing J7.

12-pounder 6-cwt Breechloading Mk. IV Gun, weight 6-0-9 (681 lbs), made by Armstrong, mounted on a wheeled carriage, Queen Victoria cypher, inside the school.  No. 136, RGF 1898, 12 pdr 6 cwt on right trunnion.  RCD 1910 on right wheel hub, RCD 1896 on left wheel hub as well as 628470.  No. 20 on the carriage box trail.  1307024 on the breech.

Three of these guns were recorded as on strength in with 90 Field Battery, Fredericton in 1933: Reg. No. 285, RGF 01, carriage OCM; RGF No. 286, carriage OCM; and Reg. No. 200, RGF 01, carriage OCM).

U.S. Model 1905 3-inch field gun, (Serial No. 309), built by Bethlehem Steel, 1914.  This gun is one of 477 produced by three different makers prior to the First World War.  The gun is mounted on a Model 1902 field carriage (Serial No. 548), built by Rock Island Arsenal, 1917.  It is accompanied by a Model 1916 Limber.  This gun was presented to the Royal Regiment of Canadian School (RCAS) by the United States Army Artillery and Missile School, 7 November 1961.

Limber (Serial No. 1890), 3-inch Gun Caisson, Model of 1916, Rock Island Arsenal, 1918.  This limber was made in Illinois.  The Rock Island Arsenal was the traditional builder of U.S. Army field carriages, limbers, and caissons.  The number of Model 1902 carriages built exceeds that of the Model 1905, because the Models 1902, 1904, and 1905 3-inch guns were all mounted on the Model 1902 field carriage.  In 1918 the year the First World War ended, the U.S. Army was still being provided with 3-inch ordnance matériel, whereas the American units sent overseas used only French 75-mm Guns.

 

American 75-mm M1917 Field Gun, Bethlehem Steel Coy, 1912, 995 Pounds, (Serial No. 489) on the muzzle.  This gun is mounted on a 75-mm Gun Carriage Model of 1917 (British), Bethlehem Steel Company, 1918, (Serial No. 2079), MMC, according to the builder's plate on the carriage.  This gun is on loan from the Royal Canadian Artillery Museum.  This is an American version of the British QF 18-pounder modified to fire French 75-mm ammunition.  One other gun like it is preserved in the RCA Museum, CFB Shilo, Manitoba.

81-mm C3 Mortar, inside the RRCAS.

American 4.2-inch M-30 Mortar on M24 Mount, Rock Island Arsenal, 1952, inside the RRCAS.

25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun with No. 9 circular firing platform, in front of the main entrance to the school.

25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun with No. 9 circular firing platform, with funeral platform, inside the school.

Limber for 25-pounder C Mk. 2 QF Field Gun.

American 75-mm QF M1A1 Pack Howitzer (Serial No. 3063), on an M8 Carriage, Arsenal No. 5024, inside the school.  This gun is on loan from the RCA Museum, CFB Shilo, Manitoba.

105-mm L5 Pack Howitzer, (Serial No. 57747), inside the school.

120-mm Mortar with wheeled flat base plate and 1941 Canadian tires, outside K lines.

French Hotchkiss 25-mm AT Gun, (Serial No. 2206), stamped APX 1940, G 25, SAL 1937, captured by the German Army ca 1940 during the Second World War, recaptured by the Allies, now on display outside the RRCAS’s K lines.

Russian 85-mm D-44 Divisional Gun, outside the school’s K lines.

Blowpipe short range surface to air missile launcher and Missile, inside the RRCAS.

Javelin short range surface to air missile launcher, inside the RRCAS.

105-mm C1A1 M2A2 Howitzer, (Reg. No. 15062), outside the Artillery School’s K lines.

155-mm M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer, 1 RCHA, Fallex 1982, Germany.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4876327)

155-mm M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer, (Reg. No. 77240), 1985, AC: NX, ECC: 119205 HUI C: 1760, SAUI C: 1760, VMO No. DLE21801, VMO.  On display in front of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School.

105mm C2 (M101/33) Howitzers, inside the Artillery School’s K lines hangar.

105-mm LG1 Mk. II Howitzer, inside the K lines hangar, Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School (RCAS), 5 Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, New Brunswick.

155-mm M777 Howitzers inside the K Line hangar of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School (RCAS), 5 Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, New Brunswick.

Cessna L-19E Bird Dog (Serial No. 16733), Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Artillery Spotter aircraft in flight over CFB Gagetown, July 1973.  (Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

155-mm M777 Gun Crew, Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School (RCAS), 5 Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, New Brunswick, taking part in New Brunswick Day celebrations on the grounds of the Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick in Fredericton, 6 August 2012.

Canadian soldiers fire a 155mm M777 Howitzer from a forward operating base in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, 7 April 2007.  (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Keith D. Henning)