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Offline Knouterer

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Re: Mobile Artillery: Littlestone-on-Sea. July 1940
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2016, 17:57:33 »
Originally, these lorry-mounted guns were provided by the Navy. At the end of May 1940, the Admiralty informed the War Office (telegram dated 30.5 in file WO 199/523) that lorry-mounted gun batteries with over a hundred guns in all were being formed, as follows:
-   Three Royal Marine batteries (R.M.1, R.M.2, R.M.3) with 8 x 12pdrs each
-   Six batteries each in the ports of Chatham, Portsmouth and Devonport, numbered C.1 to C.6, P.1 to P.6 etc. In all three cases the first four batteries would have 2 x 3pdrs and 2 x 12pdrs, and the batteries numbered 5 and 6 four 4in guns.
According to various sources, the total number of lorry-mounted 4in guns was between 40 and 50, and it does seem that some more batteries were added later. The 69th Anti-tank Regiment (45th Inf Division, defending the southern Kent/eastern Sussex coast) had the RM battery designated C.7 and equipped with 7 x 4in guns attached in July; at some point in Aug. the Marines left and handed over their guns to 273 Bty of that regiment (which was at that time still very short of “real” anti-tank guns).

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Mobile Artillery: Littlestone-on-Sea. July 1940
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2016, 22:17:27 »
During the retreat to Dunkirk and then to the UK, the British Expeditionary Force lost a vast amount of tanks (nearly 700), armoured cars, guns and other equipment.
During the invasion scare of the summer of 1940 the country was scoured for whatever could be used to bolster its defences. Among the improvised vehicles were heavy lorries on which the Royal Artillery mounted whatever guns were available, including redundant RN 4-inch guns. These vehicles were posted at various points along the south coast.
I will leave other members to identify the lorries.

Photos Imperial War Museums.

© IWM (H 2570) 4-inch mobile gun, Littlestone-on-Sea, near Dungeness in Kent, 29 July 1940.

© IWM (H 2597) 4-inch mobile gun, Littlestone-on-Sea, near Dungeness in Kent, 29 July 1940.

© IWM (H 2584)12-pdr mobile gun, Littlestone-on-Sea, near Dungeness in Kent, 29 July 1940.

 

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