Artillery in Canadian service: 6-pounder 7-cwt, QF, Anti-tank Gun

6-pounder 7-cwt, QF, Anti-tank Gun

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3608070)

6-pounder anti-tank gun.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3607691)

Canadian gunners with their 6-pounder anti-tank gun in the ruins of Ortona, 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4542692)

Canadian 6-pounder gun crew in Normandy, June 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3563531)

Sergeant H. Lester, Support Company, South Saskatchewan Regiment, reading the Maple Leaf newspaper, alongside his 6-pounder anti-tank gun, Oldenburg, Germany, 3 May 1945.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3209114)

Universal Carrier towing a 6-pound A/T gun speeding through a wrecked town in Normandy as they move forward, 4July 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3228898)

Gunners of the Royal Canadian Artillery pushing a six-pounder anti-tank gun across a canal, Netherlands, 7 April 1945.

(IWM Photo, H 27915)

Canadian troops man a 6-pdr anti-tank gun during Exercise 'Spartan', 9 March 1943.

(Reddit Photo)

Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment of Canada) soldiers use a rifle as a gunsight on a 6-pounder anti-tank gun in England, 1943. The rifle is probably being used on a miniature range. There is a string going from the trigger on the rifle towards the gunner. I suspect the rest of the gun crew are just going through the motions with the full size ammunition for the purpose of training and for the cameraman. (Jordan Baker)

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3604366)

6-pounder AT gun, possibly in England ca 1941. The 6 Pounder Quick Firing Anti-Tank (6 Pdr Atk) Gun replaced the 2 Pounder Anti-Tank Gun in Canadian service in 1942.  It was used in action by Canadian Anti-Tank Regiments and Infantry Battalion Anti-Tank Platoons in all theatres until 1945.  It remained in Canadian service until 1957.  Ammunition improvements saw armour penetration rise from 74mm at 1,000 yards in 1942 to 146mm at the same range by June 1944.

Canadian production began in October 1941, with barrels being made in Longueuil, Quebec and carriages in Regina, Saskatchewan.    More than 8,000 guns were produced in Canada during the war, along with almost 7 million rounds of ammunition.  This gun was made in Canada.

* For more detail on the 1st Anti-Tank Regiment, have a look at Doug Knight's page: https://archive.org/details/1st-anti-tank-regiment-rca-history-1939-1945.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3604367)

6-pounder AT gun sheltering behind the protective shield, during training in the UK, c1943.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3224068)

Personnel of "D" Company, South Saskatchewan Regiment, with a six-pounder anti-tank gun, Mook, Netherlands, 30 November 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3563531)

Sergeant H. Lester, Support Company, South Saskatchewan Regiment, with his 6-pounder anti-tank gun, reading the Maple Leaf newspaper, Oldenburg, Germany, 3 May 1945.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3199976)

Rifleman W.C. McMillan and Lance-Sergeant J.L. Retty of the Anti-Tank Platoon, Royal Winnipeg Rifles, cleaning a six-pounder anti-tank gun, Ijzendijke, Netherlands, 21 October 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3199976)

Gunners of the 7th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery (RCA), manning a six-pounder anti-tank gun during a training exercise, Petworth, England, 10 September 1942.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3199976)

A Universal Carrier towing a six-pounder anti-tank gun of the 3rd Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery (RCA), Gouy, France, 30 August 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4542723)

Canadian Ordnance QF 6-pounder gun from 3rd Anti-tank Regiment RCA during training exercise, 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3202232)

Ordnance QF 6-pounder AT gun training, Bognor, England, 14 Dec 1942.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4949668)

6-pounder AT Gun being loaded by Pat Brophy on Signal Hill, 1959.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3604363)

6-pounder AT gun, possibly in England ca 1941.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3524442)

Private L.P. McDonald and Lance-Corporals W. Stevens and R. Dais, all of the Royal Canadian Artillery (R.C.A.), manning a six-pounder anti-tank gun, Nieuport, Belgium, 9 September 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3520591)

Infantrymen of the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada with their 6-pounder anti-tank gun, Carpiquet, France, 6 July 1944.  

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4233178)

Ordnance QF 6-pounder AT Gun being cleaned in Normandy France, 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3607882)

6-pounder AT Gun on a 3-pounder Naval mount, 1 June 1954.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3196192)

Mrs. Mabel Irven, a fitter, poses next to a finished six-pounder anti-aircraft gun, Dominion Engineering Works plant, Nov 1942.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3196191)

Mrs. Mabel Irven, a fitter, listens to foreman Len Whyte demonstrate the use of the trigger sear in a finished 6-pounder anti-tank gun, Dominion Engineering Works plant, Nov 1942.

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