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#1 centurion

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 03:26 PM

From a roadside near me

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#2 T8HANTS

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:47 PM

Thats a bit sad, how long before the safety elf condems it a child maiming monster?

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:49 PM

Thats a bit sad, how long before the safety elf condems it a child maiming monster?


It's pointed at an agricultural college that specialises in organic farming (and has given the world a potato that is resistant to the Irish potato blight - the plain people of Ireland* are saying "sure and isn't that a bit late") so I'm surprised that some green fanatic hasn't already condemned it.

I was hoping some artillery buff would identify it and confirm my suspicions


* If any of you've never read Myles na gCopaleen you have my deepest sympathy (and that goes for the Brother as well) 

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:13 PM

Looks like a 7.7cm Feldkanone 96 n.A. - it seems to be a fairly late one one with sheet steel on the wheel sides of the axle tree seats.

I'd guess it as a gun with a serial no. >5000 built after the start of WW1.

Looks like a fixer-upper though, the bottom of the trail might be rusted out. On the open market in good condition the FK 96 n.As are
worth something like $15,000.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:49 PM

Our local one looked far worse that that one at the start and they got it all shiny and new in under a year. The effort was spearheaded by local historians in partnership with the local VFW branches, who got the fundraising done.

Maybe your local groups can try the same approach?

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 05:09 AM

Surprised that it hasn't been nicked by a collector or someone wanting it for its scrap-metal value. The metalwork of a disused village well disappeared from near me a few years back, despite it being very close to houses.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:04 AM

I wonder who has taken the trouble to appear have painted the wheels even though the near one seems to be at the point of collapse.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:27 AM

It's pointed at an agricultural college that specialises in organic farming

Such an establishment might well have (or be prepared to commission) a traditional wheelwright to make new wheels, which would start the ball rolling, so to speak. Any idea who the gun belongs to?

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:35 AM

I suspect this was a weapon allocated by the War Trophies Committee. A check of the local newspapers and the local council minutes book may well bring to light something of its history.
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:37 AM

I suspect this was a weapon allocated by the War Trophies Committee. A check of the local newspapers and the local council minutes book may well bring to light something of its history.
TR

Except that it appears to be on private property

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 05:34 AM

I wonder who has taken the trouble to appear have painted the wheels even though the near one seems to be at the point of collapse.


And why pink?

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:25 PM

And why pink?


It's the property of the late Syd Barret, and inspired him to write the song "PoW R TocH"

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 11:34 AM

Does anyone know if this gun is still in place?



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 11:48 AM

Does anyone know if this gun is still in place?

I last drove down that road last year and it was still there then



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 12:04 PM

I last drove down that road last year and it was still there then

That's more of a no than a yes.



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 12:16 PM

That's more of a no than a yes.

Actually a definite maybe (as Sam Goldwyn used to say)



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 01:46 PM

Thats a bit sad, how long before the safety elf condems it a child maiming monster?

Whaddya mean? There's a chain round it isn't there? :D



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 03:49 PM

 

.... and who painted the wheels.....

 

.... and why pink? .......

 

.... the late Syd Barrett, and inspired him to write the song "PoW R TocH"...

This is a very obscure link to a WW1 "song" (luuurve the lyrics BTW!)

A drug fuelled tribute to PoW's or Power to Toc H????

Perhaps it needs a siege gunner to clarify?



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 08:16 PM

Does anyone know if this gun is still in place?

Yep, still there - I drive past it quite often when I take the back way home from work if the traffic in Hereford is particularly bad (or at least worse than usual!)
That is of course assuming it's the same gun!

Edited by jp1885, 17 December 2013 - 08:17 PM.


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Posted 18 December 2013 - 08:02 PM

This is a very obscure link to a WW1 "song" (luuurve the lyrics BTW!)

A drug fuelled tribute to PoW's or Power to Toc H????

Perhaps it needs a siege gunner to clarify?

It's an instrumental on my copy of the album ;-)



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 09:12 PM

Yep, that's why "song" is in quotes.... and the pink.... perhaps too subtle (and that's rarely said about me by Mrs Axe!)!



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 09:17 PM

Eugene?



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 09:33 PM

Would their be any harm in restoring the piece, and bombarding the agricultural college?

 

They have already finished their work developing the blight-free potato, after all.



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 10:42 PM

Eugene?


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Posted 18 December 2013 - 11:41 PM

Yep, that's why "song" is in quotes.... and the pink.... perhaps too subtle (and that's rarely said about me by Mrs Axe!)!

Can't have been fired by Corporal Clegg - he clearly ain't a gunner!