RARE British BL 5-inch howitzer HE Shell in good condition, this is a late war model with No44 fuze, threads on the fuze and the shell are in perfect condition.
INERT - F.F.E (Free From Explosives)
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The Ordnance BL 5-inch howitzer was initially introduced to provide the Royal Field Artillery with continuing explosive shell capability following the decision to concentrate on shrapnel for fBy 1908 it was obsolete and replaced in British Regular Army brigades by the modern QF 4.5-inch howitzer.Territorial Force brigades, however, continued to use the howitzer in World War I into 1916, including notably in the East African campaign.A lighter 40-pound (18.14 kg) shell with Amatol filling replaced the original 50-pound (22.68 kg) Lyddite shell early in World War I Together with an increase in cordite propellant from 11 oz 7 drams to 14 oz 5 drams, this increased the maximum range from 4,800 to 6,500 yards (5,900 m). Administrative error led to the new 40-pound shells being sent to Gallipoli without range tables or fuze keys for the new pattern fuzes, rendering them useless. field guns in the 1890s.
The weapon was used by the Royal Field Artillery and served successfully at the Battle of Omdurman in 1898. During that campaign they gained the distinction of being the first British guns to fire the new Lyddite shells in action.