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  • Fiji in World War Two: the Momi Bay Gun Battery

    When the clouds of World War Two began to loom in the 1930s, Britain decided to begin securing some of its more distant colonial outposts - places that might be of strategic importance in a future conflict. Fiji was once of these outposts - a vital point on the seagoing supply line from Europe an...

  • Italian OTO Melara Mod 56 Pack Howitzers in Ukraine

    A look at the use of a small number of OTO Melara Mod 56 105mm pack howitzers in Ukraine. It appears that Spain has provided a battery of 6 of the light guns which are in use with Ukraine's National Guard.

    Be sure to check out our accompanying article for this video here -
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  • 15 Inch Vickers Coastal Guns - La Mola, Menorca

    Last summer Matt had the chance to visit the vast Fortalesa Isabel II, which was built to defend the port of Mahon on the island of Menorca. One of the fort's most impressive sights is its huge 15 inch gun battery. The battery was established in 1932, the massive guns were made by Vickers and cou...

  • US Military Railway Guns In Action

    During World War One massive railway guns were used to reach deep behind enemy lines and attack enemy infrastructure with both sides using the massive artillery pieces. In this episode Matt takes a look at some archival footage of America's massive railway guns ranging from 10 to 16 inches. Check...

  • Ukraine's Brimstone Missile Technical

    Footage of Brimstone anti-armour missiles being launched in Ukraine surfaced for the first time on 12 May. In this video we look at what the missile is capable of, how they came to be in Ukraine and how they have been deployed. Be sure to check out our accompanying article for this video here - h...

  • So You Want To Buy An Oerlikon

    In this video we take a look at an original 1970s brochure for an Oerlikon 20mm cannon! Be sure to check out our accompanying article for this video here - https://armourersbench.com/2021/06/09/so-you-want-to-buy-an-oerlikon/ If you enjoy our work please consider supporting us via Patreon, TAB is...

  • Ukraine's Newest Howitzer Is an Antique

    Back in September Ukraine received a batch of vintage M101 105mm howitzers from Lithuania. These guns have recently been seen in action. Be sure to check out our accompanying article for this video here - https://armourersbench.com/2022/12/04/ukraines-newest-howitzer-is-an-antique/ If you enjoy o...

  • Top Attack 155 BONUS In Ukraine

    On 4 January photos of a 155 BONUS submunition were shared by a Russian Telegram channel. In this video we take a look at this interesting top-attack munition and it's capabilities. Be sure to check out our accompanying article for this video here - https://armourersbench.com/2023/01/06/top-attac...

  • Russia's 2B25 'Silent' Mortar in Ukraine

    Recent video and photos from Ukraine show Russian troops getting to grips with the unique 2B25 82mm 'silent' mortar. In this video we'll examine the imagery and how it shows the 2B25 being used. Be sure to check out our accompanying article for this video here - https://armourersbench.com/2022/12...

  • Top Attack SMArt 155 In Ukraine

    A look at the German SMArt 155, a Sensor Fuzed Munition, currently in use in Ukraine. It releases a pair of fire-and-forget top-attack submunitions. The submunitions use a ballute and parachute to slow their descent and allow the onboard infrared sensor and millimeter wave radar to locate its tar...

  • Soviet 122mm D30 Cannon (Firing)

    The D30 is a Soviet 122mm multi-role gun introduced in the 1960s and still in use around the world today. It has a somewhat unusual 3-leg mount that is slower to set up than a standard trail, but allows for complete 360-degree rotation of the gun. The piece was designed for both indirect fire (ma...

  • Quick Look at a 37mm Maxim "Pompom" Automatic Cannon

    This Vickers, Sons & Maxim 37mm MkIII "Pompom" is on display at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. The MkIII pattern is quite scarce, with less than one hundred ever made. It is built around the 37 x 124mm cartridge, firing a 1.25 pound explosive or armor piercing projectile. This one (or one of ...

  • Maxim Pom-Pom 37mm Machine Gun

    "Pom-Pom" was the name given to the 37mm Maxim gun by the Boers of South Africa, based on the gun's sound. It was a Maxim machine gun scaled up to the quite impressive 37mm caliber, intended primarily for naval use defending large vessels against small torpedo boats. This particular example is se...

  • Four Fun Facts about the Oerlikon 20mm Antiaircraft Cannon!

    Sold for $23,000 (transferrable).

    The 20mm Oerlikon automatic cannon was a mainstay of United States naval air defense during World War 2, and today we will look at a few of the characteristics and questions that apply to this sort of automatic cannon but not to typical small arms. Like, for i...

  • Forgotten History: World's Biggest Black Powder Cannon - a 100-Ton Gun

    The largest muzzleloading black powder cannons ever built were the Armstrong 100-ton guns which saw service with the Italian Navy and with British coastal fortifications on Malta and Gibraltar. They were purchased by the Italians first, to outfit a pair of new super battleships, each vessel havin...

  • US Navy Driggs Mk IX 37mm Quickfire Cannon

    Developed between 1883 and 1889 by Lt. William Driggs and Commander (later Admiral) Seaton Schroeder, the Driggs cannon was an improvement on the market-standard Hotchkiss quick-fire cannon of the day. By quick-fire, I am referring to a single-shot cannon that has a recoil mechanism and ejects it...

  • Swedish Antiaircraft Artillery: Bofors 40mm Automatic Gun M1

    Note: In the video I mistakenly describe this as a two-stamp NFA gun. It is actually deactivated, and thus does not require a tax stamp. Sorry for the mistake!

    The Swedish Bofors company developed their 40mm antiaircraft gun in the 1930s, and it would go on to be one of the most successful weap...

  • Bethlehem Steel 37mm Cannon - WWI Era

    The 37mm gun was found in many guises during World War One - that caliber was the smallest allowed to use exploding projectiles by the 1899 Hague accords. Every nation in the world, it seems, used 37mm guns of one type or another. Well, one particular version I had the chance to look at was built...

  • Finnish Bofors 37mm Anti-Tank Gun

    The Swedish Bofors company developed a sophisticated and very high-quality light anti-tank gun in the early 1930s, and found significant commercial success with it. A variety of countries either purchased the guns outright from Bofors or paid for licenses to produce them domestically. These count...

  • Krupp 50mm Mountain Gun (Thai Model 1902)

    Taking a look at another artillery piece today, a 50mm mountain gun made for Siam (now Thailand) by the German Krupp company. It is a relatively simple (and thus relatively inexpensive at the time) design, with no recoil mechanism or adjustable traverse.

  • M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer Firing

    I didn't have the opportunity to do a full video with the folks who own this M18 Hellcat, but I did get some footage of it firing. Enjoy!

  • Krupp 50mm Mountain Guns for Siam (Thailand)

    Edit: The three interlocking rings are Krupp's logo, not a Thai property mark - sorry!

    In 1906, Siam (now Thailand) purchased a batch of 50mm mountain guns from Krupp of Germany. These were simple fixed barrel guns with steel-belted wooden wheels. Designed to be carried by elephant, mule, or e...

  • Japanese Type 92 105mm Field Gun (Guadalcanal)

    In 1927, the Imperial Japanese Army purchased a 105mm field gun from the French company Schneider as a potential replacement for their rather underwhelming Type 14 105mm field gun. The Schneider design was quite good, and the Japanese put it into service in 1932 as the Type 92. It was manufacture...

  • Japanese Type 96 150mm Howitzer (Guadalcanal)

    Like the smaller 105mm field gun, the Imperial Japanese Army essentially copied a French Schneider design for their 150mm howitzer, adopted in 1936 as the Type 96. It was produced by the Osaka Arsenal from 1936 until 1944, with about 600 being made in total. Capable of firing at extremely high an...