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Old 25-02-18, 11:27
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A paragraph from Ian Hogg's "British and American Artillery of World War 2":

"An interesting derivative of the 2pdr was the Canadian "David" high-velocity gun. This was designed in 1942 and was essentially a 2pdr with an enlarged chamber and a 6pdr breech firing a round which comprised a 2pdr shot and a 6pdr cartridge case. Development was slow, because of problems in ammunition design. A gun and ammunition were sent to Britain for trials, but there were still in progress when the war ended. The project was finally abandoned, but it had yielded much useful information on high-velocity guns which proved useful in other applications".

You can see photos of the ammunition here.
The cartridge case is significantly wider and longer than that of the 40mm Bofors, which itself was slightly bigger than the cartridge for the British 2 pdr tank/anti-tank gun.

Does anyone know of a source of information or photos of this gun?
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Old 25-02-18, 13:33
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There was a "6 pounder" sitting in front of 2PPCLI when it was in Winnipeg, When they moved to Shilo, it too came to Shilo, located in front of the HQ area of their complex. As it turned out, it was on loan from the RCA Museum.
They had a large anniversary in 2014 , and wanted to tow it behind one of three carriers at displays that summer that they were attending. The tires were well past their prime, and they asked if we could install new tires. I was not full time at the museum yet, so volunteered to bring the old tires home, remove and sandblast the rims, install new tires and re-install them. Next thing they wanted it painted up. I offered them a 20 footer (looks good from 20 feet away) so I recovered the gun and gave it a quick sandblast. It was then that I noticed the bore was closer to 40mm rather than the 57mm of a 6 pounder. Also, a 6 pounder muzzle break that I had picked up off MLU was way too large for the end of the barrel. Also, the forward barrel clamp was too large. Looking at the barrel, it almost looked hodge-podged.....something was a little off about the area where the barrel tapered.

Anyway, I queried Doug Knight here in Canada. and he pointed out that it was likely "David".

PPCLI did not want it back, and I had intended to use it for some parades and displays with the museum myself, but the new director instead sent it out to the golf course to full-fill a request by them for lawn ornaments.

I sent some photos of it to Harold Skaarup, who has some terrific pages showing all the monuments in Canada. You will find it on this page, although it will be somewhat confusing since it is shown on the page as a "David" 2pr, and just below that entry it is still shown as a 6pr.

http://silverhawkauthor.com/artiller...useum_423.html

According to Doug Knight, it had a barrel life of about 150 rounds. if I recall. He has a paragraph or two about it in one of the Service Publications booklets on the 2pr.
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Old 25-02-18, 14:06
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Many thanks Rob, that's great information - and a great site you've linked to!
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Old 25-02-18, 14:47
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Looking at the thread on BOCN that you linked to, I see there still exists an original round for this gun. I am not sure that we even have a round for it.

Could you imagine trying to identify something like that in the days before the internet?
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Old 25-02-18, 16:31
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Here is a photograph of "David" when it when it was still parked beside the parade square at CFB Winnipeg in 1997. I wonder what happened to the brass plaque that was on the gun shield?

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Old 25-02-18, 17:22
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No idea about the plaque.....if you look at the photos of the gun on the link I gave, there is one with a plaque of some form sitting loose on the breech ring. That photo was taken here in Shilo before I worked on the gun, so if that was the plaque you were talking about, then it appears to have found it's way loose.
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Old 25-02-18, 17:37
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Yup that looks like it. I was hoping the plaque would be wartime with some unique information on it - oh well. Good to hear that Shilo has the gun and that it is not sitting in a scrap yard.

Any idea where the Pak 38 went that was sitting with "David" on the same parade square?
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Old 25-02-18, 18:11
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The PAK38 is still at 2VP.

There was a carrier there as well. The carrier had been assembled out of two, and was a bastardized mix of mk1 armour on a mk2 hull. They tried (unsuccessfully) to get it running for the anniversary that year. Later, a funding arrangement was made and it came to the museum for overhaul. I was able to get the engine running in short order, but out-door storage, a lot of wear, along with some 30 years of patchwork maintenance had really taken a toll on it. It was stripped just about to the bare hull and is now finally looking like something. It shoudl finally move under it's own power this week, once the steering box is back together and the linkages are adjusted. I think it will be one of the best carriers I have restored to date, although there are still signs on the lower that it was a mk2. Alas, that would be another thread.
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Old 25-02-18, 21:41
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Looking at the thread on BOCN that you linked to, I see there still exists an original round for this gun. I am not sure that we even have a round for it.

Could you imagine trying to identify something like that in the days before the internet?
There are some paper data files available on the dimensions of 20+mm calibre cartridge cases, the best known being one by Bob Hawkinson in the USA. Even that doesn't include this round though - too rare. So yes, I have to admit that the internet is marvellously useful to those of us with obscure hobbies!

Do your sources say anything about the muzzle velocity achieved with different weights and types of projectile?
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Old 25-02-18, 21:59
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I have nothing on them. I guess Doug Knight would be the guy to get a hold of. I am guessing he got his information from Archives Canada.

Not sure if we have any information in the museum's library. It's a different building than the one I work in, so I don't have much to do with that stuff.

Perhaps if somebody has Doug's booklet on the 2 pounder in Cdn service, they could relate what information is in there.
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Old 26-02-18, 10:00
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Perhaps if somebody has Doug's booklet on the 2 pounder in Cdn service, they could relate what information is in there.
I would be grateful if they could.

Can anyone help?
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Old 26-02-18, 15:14
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Default Weapons of War - The 2-Pounder Anti-Tank Gun in Canadian Service

$10.00Can plus postage will get anyone the book from Service Publications.

https://servicepub.com/product/the-2...nadian-service
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Old 26-02-18, 15:53
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http://www.bookworldws.co.uk/pounder...ce-p-4094.html

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Old 26-02-18, 22:16
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Gents,

If you are interested in an in-depth read of war-time documents pertaining to this gun see this link:

http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oo...2/1613?r=0&s=1

There are 3 files pertaining to it's development and trials:

55/2100/P2 - Proj No 2 - 2 pr David H.V. Gun - starts at image 1613 (above link) and ends image 1896.

55/2100/P2/2 starts at image 1898 and ends at 2144.

55/2100/P2/3 starts at image 2149 and ends at 2294.

The documents in these files are placed in reverse chronological order so the reader may wish to start at image 1896, work backwards to 1613, skip to 2144, work backwards to 1898 etc.

Happy reading!

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Old 27-02-18, 04:35
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Holy smokes Colin....lots of information there.
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Old 27-02-18, 06:19
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Gents,

The files listed in my previous post were Canadian Military Headquarters-London files.

The following link will get you to the Army Technical Design Branch files related to the "David"

http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oo...5/2955?r=0&s=4

These files start at image 2955 (above link) and end at 3668.

My disclaimer: I have no specific interest in this topic and merely used this evening to test my research skills.

With that said, as I was skimming through the file trying to find the end of it I noticed some information that is worth some discussion:

The attached 5 documents seem to indicate that there was some confusion regarding correct nomenclature.

They can be found at images 3472, 3482, 3443, 3423; and 3534

Here is my interpretation of the war-time documents:

There were only 4 true "David" guns produced (2 Pr H.V. on a 2 Pr Carriage with 360 degree traverse and fitted with Muzzle break): Ex 19 and Ex 20 were sent to the UK, their barrels became worn during firing trials and two new barrels were produced and shipped. Ex 81 and Ex 82 were produced at the same time as the replacement barrels and were intended to stay in Canada.

Ex 54 and Ex 55 were essentially 6 pr guns on 6 pr carriages but with 2 pr bores. These were intended to stay in Canada and be used for firing trials. Ex 55 subsequently was modified by having the barrel drilled to accept pressure gauges.

The post-war "confusion": In the typed text of the last document (Feb 46) the two guns on 6 pr carriages (Ex 54 and 55) are identified as "Davids" but this is contrary to the war-time documents. In the handwritten note at the bottom of the page (which was subsequently scratched out) it seems to say "Not Davids. Davids are 6 pr bored for 2 pr" with an arrow pointing to the information regarding Ex 81 and 82. Again this is contrary to the war-time documents

My deduction is that the Shilo gun is likely Ex 54 due to no obvious (in the available images) barrel drilling for pressure gauges.

Given this information I think that it may be incorrect to refer to the Shilo Gun as a "David" although it was certainly part of the "David" project and designed to fire "David" ammunition.

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Old 27-02-18, 09:50
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Wow - I am most impressed, gentlemen, thank you for taking the time to help!
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Old 13-03-18, 15:14
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http://www.bookworldws.co.uk/pounder...ce-p-4094.html

Other booksellers are available! It's worth getting.
Thanks, that one has arrived, along with Roger Lucy's book Secret Weapons of the Canadian Army (which has rather more info).
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