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Re: British 15 pounder 7cwt gun and crew

Steve Pickstock
Will a Royal Navy field gun race team ever be available?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rxz4aPoudv8
Did not realise that it was this type of artillery was used in the relief of Ladysmith. They were landed from the HMS Powerful and Terrible (cracking names for ships!). Worth looking up the story of where the name Ladysmith comes from.

Now that would be a set really worth buying! Pity that it is never seen on TV today stopped about 20 years ago - too political incorrect now or a casualty of the running down of so many royal navies bases? Would make a perfect Olympic event.

It is said that the RN has more admirals that ships now - true or not it is indicative of our times.

Re: British 15 pounder 7cwt gun and crew

It came as a surprise to me when I first moved to Plymouth , how the city and the rest of the Navy view the gun teams that do the race (it still happens every year and is on TV ). They are not thought of well ! they are pretty much excused duty and allowed to hang out in the gym and train all day and go around like a bunch of posers. The "real" navy looks down at them, in an envious wish that was me kind of way :smile:

Re: British 15 pounder 7cwt gun and crew

Alan Buckingham
It came as a surprise to me when I first moved to Plymouth , how the city and the rest of the Navy view the gun teams that do the race (it still happens every year and is on TV ). They are not thought of well ! they are pretty much excused duty and allowed to hang out in the gym and train all day and go around like a bunch of posers. The "real" navy looks down at them, in an envious wish that was me kind of way :smile:
Funny you say this. My neighbor (a proper old style warrant officer - around when rum was banned) made a similar point only yesterday -their own barracks and fed better.He was not very complementary about them. The only thing that has upset him more recently on TV is the program about HMS Duncan with a female captain!