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Ordnance QF 6-pounder Mk II
"6-pounder"
57 mm Gun M1
QF-6 Mk II
General Historical Information
Place of origin: Great Britain
Category: Anti-Tank gun
Used by:

Great Britain
Canada
Australia
United States
France

Debut in FHSW: Debut in FH mod
Passengers: 1 or 2
Calibre: 57mm
Ammunition: AP
Elevation: -5° to +15°
Traverse: 90°
Rate of Fire: 14 rpm
Mobile: Yes
Position 1: Driver or gunner
Position 2:

Gunner

Historical Picture
6-pounder


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.

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