Colonel Fitzgerald Branch 233, Orangeville

Personnel of "B" Troop, 5th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, firing a 25-pounder gun. Note the barrel is in full recoil. 1 Feb 1945.  Michael M. Dean photo, PAC 168908.

Workmen constructing 25-pounder guns in Sorel, 1941. Photo by Nicholas Morant. National Film Board of Canada / National Archives  of Canada, PA-174507.

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Details about the Canadian Howitzer 25 Pounder parked at the front of our Legion 233

Type:  Canadian Howitzer 25 Pounder MK 11/1.  Manufactured at Sorel, Quebec.  Used by the Commonwealth WW11.  Total weight in action – 1899 Kg.  Maximum range – 12,250 meters.  Ammunition – smoke, high explosive, armour piercing; Propaganda – Leaflet shells.  Issued to Royal Canadian Artillery in 1940 - retired in 1967.  During the Korean War, Canadians again used the 25-pounder, with the addition of proximity fused shells (also known as Variable Time (VT) shells) which were set to explode above the ground rather than exploding on direct contact with the ground itself, increasing its lethality.

 The Mark II, many of which were built by Canada in Sorel, Quebec, entered service with the Royal Canadian Artillery in Apr 1940. The Mark II featured the addition of a "super" charge to increase the gun's range to 13,400 yards (12,250 m), the power of which put extra stresses on the carriage. A muzzle brake was added to counteract this additional recoil; guns with this modification were known as the Mark 2/1. The distinctive brake is a well-known feature of the gun that makes it easily recognized.