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G-2 140 mm Medium Gun

South African 140mm medium artillery gun, better known as the British 5.5inch gun of World War 2 fame

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Specifications
aa.WeaponBL 140mm G-2 Medium Gun
abDescription 
ac.TypeTowed Field Artillery
ad.Calibre140 mm (5.5 in)
ae.Overall Length8.22 m (26.97 ft)
af.Overall Width2.16 m (7.09 ft)
ag.OverallHeight1.42 m (4.66 ft)
ah.Crew9
ai.Country of OriginUnited Kingdom
aj.AmmunitionHE: 37.2kg (82 lb) shell
Smoke: 45.36 kg (100 lb) shell White Phospherous (WP)
ak.Effective Range (HE)Charge Propellant Charge 2:
Charge 1: 2 285 m - 6 950 m
Charge 2: 3 200 m - 10 150 m
Charge Propellant Charge 3:
Charge 3: 4 100 m - 12 600 m
Charge 4: 5 030 m - 15 360 m
Charge Propellant Charge Super.
5 485 m - 16 550 m (18 100 yards)
with Base Bleed: 21 000 m (22 966 yards)
al.Muzzle Velocity (HE)590 m/s (1,950 ft/s)
ba.Feed MechanismBack-Loading (BL)
bbTraverse30° left and right of central line
bc.Elevation-5° to +45°
bd.Rate of Fire1-3 rpm
be.SightsDial sight and range scale plate; Probert pattern reciprocating and calibrating;
bf.Muzzle Energy 
bg.Barrel Length4.358 m (14.3 ft) - 31 cals
bh.Weight of Barrel 
bi.Rifling 
bj.OperationManual
bk.RecoilHydro-pneumatic
bl.Firing Support Base 
bm.BreechWelin breech and Asbury mechanism
bn.Type of Breech Block 
boWeight of Breech Mechanism 
bp.Trails 
bq.Suspension System 
br.Type of Firing Mechanism 
bs.CarriageSplit trail
bt.MobilityDrawn by a 10 ton gun tractor (Magirus-Deutz or Samil-100)
bu.Wheels2 x 13.5 x 20 inch tyres at 320 Kpa
bv.Ground Clearance3495 mm (137.6 in)
bw.Axles 
bx.Brakes 
by.Wheel Span2.16 m (7.09 ft)
bz.LubricantsGun. Grease Molykote BR 2, Chassis Grease Snell Alvania and SAE 30 oil
Recoil System. Compressed air and Aeroshell Fluid 1.
ca.PropellantSeparately loaded bagged charges
cb.Detonation Mechanism 
cj.Designer 
ckDesigned 
cl.Manufacturer 
cm.Produced 
cn.Variants 
co.In Service1941-1945
cp.Proliferation 
 
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