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    Long Tan artillery. Notice the lovely old 105mm pack howitzer (we called them Pak-Hows) in the short trail howitzer position and the strange LBM set-up. A VERY mobile and light bit of kit and well respected replacement for the 25 Pounder. We had both in Malaya and the Kiwi gunners used to rotate through 14 light Reg RA, a composite RNZA, RA and RAA support Artillery Reg. The OC was usually a Kiwi and blokes from the Battalions would spend a week or so with them learning the intricacies of (and problems with.....) calling in artillery support. Not so simple in the monsoons if the radios are drenched!

    Gil is dead right about some of the 'wars'. I was lead to believe that once something became a 'war' then the politics - and economics - changed and....... and......... That's when the accountants start running the show

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    The 105 pack howitzers are nice guns. A mate has a good ex RNZA example that gets a good bit of use (air shows, Anzac day, etc) and our local war memorial also has a tidy one. The local RSA has a good operational 25 Pounder that gets fired at least once a year. Another mate did two tours with 161 battery in Vietnam but too late for Long Tan. He was involved in the Firebase Coral stoush and a few other scraps.

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    Not trying to hijack the thread but going on what Peter says about accountants highjacking the war effort it is well known the debacle Britian and commonwealth forces suffered an appalling lack of all types of artillery shells in the early stages of the WWI whilst the enemy had plenty to throw at us.


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