Wednesday, 13 June 2012

The old Royal Artillery Museum, Woolwich

Many years ago, whilst the Royal Artillery Museum was still sited at the Rotunda, Woolwich, my wife and I paid it a visit, and we re-discovered the photographs we took during the recent sort-out of my toy/wargames room.

I don't remember what type of pre-digital camera we used, but we did our best, and some of the results are shown below.

A general view of some of the artillery 'parked' outside the main Rotunda Building.

A self-propelled 25-pounder Field Gun ... better known as a 'Sexton'.

A self-propelled 105mm Filed Howitzer ... better know as a 'Priest'.

Various artillery pieces from the 1970s.

A 'Green Mace' Automatic Anti-aircraft Gun. It has a calibre of 5 inches (12.7cm) and is larger than a London Bus. The tiny person in the background is me!

A prototype 155mm self-propelled gun. The chassis is the same as that used on the German 'Leopard' tank.

A Russian 152mm Gun.

A side view of the Russian 152mm Gun.

A 32-pounder Anti-tank Gun.

An example of a German 88mm FLAK Gun.

Examples of a mobile and a static 3.7-inch Anti-aircraft gun.

The breech and ready-use rack of a Bofors 40mm Anti-aircraft Gun.

A Bofors 40mm Anti-aircraft Gun on an original Platform (or carriage).

A Bofors 40mm Anti-aircraft Gun on a Mark 2 Platform (or carriage).

8 comments:

  1. I think I may have some photos from the time you and I went there - I'll have a look. BTW, the 155 on Leopard 1 hull is an 'SP-70' - one of the many bits of kit we didn't buy in the '70s. There is one (maybe even the same one?) at Shrivenham now.

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  2. Saw an M110 there (8 inch SP)
    worked on that beast for a few years, great range but no cover
    from the elements! So what ever
    the color of the terrain was, so
    were you ...lol

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  3. Great pictures.
    I had never heard of the Green Mace project. A quick google found: http://www.skomer.u-net.com/projects/greenmace.htm A 5" high velocity gun with two 14 round mags capable of firing Dart (APFSDS?) rounds

    The mind boggles...

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  4. Tim Gow,

    We must try another visit sometime.

    The SP70! That brings back a few memories! Thanks for identifying it for me.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. Don M,

    Natural camouflage! Nothing can beat it ... and it can be quickly removed with a hose down and stiff brush. I understand the same technique works on the gun as well!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  6. Pat G,

    It was basically a 5-inch calibre machine gun ... that ran out of ammunition very, very quickly!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  7. John Curry,

    The museum is now in the Old Arsenal in Woolwich and can be easily reached by bus, rail, and river.

    All the best,

    Bob

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