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Some more clues

September 4 2015 at 3:07 PM
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Charlie C on the Landships forum contacted one of the owners of the surviving guns in OZ. These are the most interesting parts of the reply he received:

"The only other physical signs of them in Australia were a cartridge case ash tray found in Sydney and two full length cartridge cases made into vases with AIF hat badges soldered on ex Darwin NT. Also a nice steel spare parts chest found in Victoria as well. I cannot say which formations may have used the LGs in Australia or how many there were, but the evidence indicates the guns were actually fired in Australia and were spread widely.

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There is a good photo of one at a US garrison in China, one in Panama, and limbered guns with shields removed (they were detachable with four locking pins) in the Mexico incursion.

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The guns' wheels were made by Budd and dated (military style?) 8 41. This date is probably after they were removed from US service and may have been part of the Dutch order to have US procured surplus artillery upgrades by Martin Parry Corp.

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When in Australia, they may have been issued to AMF or VDC as a training weapon. The possibility they were used in Darwin may point to use by AMF defensive positions."

 
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  • Re: Some more clues - Nelson on Sep 4, 2015, 10:15 PM
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  • Are there two or three U.S. Mark VII LGs in Oz? (Nuyt note) - Nelson on Sep 7, 2015, 5:08 PM
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