A salute by 25-pounder guns of 3rd Royal Horse Artillery on the arrival of Winston Churchill at the British Victory Parade, 21 July 1945
Photograph, World War Two, North West Europe (1944-1945), 1945.
On 21 July 1945, 10,000 soldiers of 7th Armoured Division held a parade through the British sector of Berlin to celebrate their victory in the Second World War.
The 25-pounder, the 'Gunners' Favourite', was first introduced in 1938 mounted on obsolete 18 Pounder carriages. The perfected gun was placed in service in February 1940 and was produced in large numbers throughout World War Two (1939-1945). The gun was very versatile, firing out to 12,250 metres at maximum range or it could be used as an anti-tank weapon using its unique traversing platform to move rapidly through 360 degrees of arc. It remained in service with the British Army until 1967.
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