Ordnance QF 6-pounder Mk II "6-pounder" 57 mm Gun M1
General Historical Information
Place of origin:
Great Britain Canada Australia United States France
Debut in FHSW:
Debut in FH mod
1 or 2
-5° to +15°
Rate of Fire:
Driver or gunner
The British realized even before the 2 pounder anti-tank gun entered service, that it was inadequate. For this reason development of a more powerful quick firing weapon was began in 1938. In 1940 the gun itself was finished and in 1941 British engineers completed the carriage design. The Ordnance QF 6-pounder 7 cwt-or more simply the "6-pounder"--entered service in May 1942.
The 6-pounder replaced the 2 Pounder and allowed the 25-pounder artillerists, who had been filling in the anti-tank role, to revert to their intended function. Contemporary enemy tanks were no challenge for the Ordnance QF 6-pounder 7 cwt, but against later, much heavier German designs (Panther, Tiger) the standard 6 pounder shot was insufficient to penetrate the front armour. Although it was still effective against other angles, the development of a more powerful anti-tank gun started 1942. When the 17-pounder gun entered service already in 1943, the smaller and more maneuverable 6 pounder continued to be used by the British Army for some 20 years after the war, and also saw service with US forces.