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Ordnance QF 17-pounder
17pdr 1
Role Anti-tank gun
Operators United Kingdom
No. of positions 1
Position 1 77mm gun

Ordnance QF 17-pounder is a British anti-tank gun.


Succeeding the Ordnance QF 2-pounder and Ordnance QF 6-pounder, the Ordnance QF 17-pounder was one of the most effective Allied anti-tank guns in the war. With its special APDS rounds and its high velocity the 17-pdr was capable of destroying every contemporary German tank with ease. Its main drawback however was its large size and weight: Simply being to cumbersome for a towed gun, this limited the tactical worth of the gun to defensive tasks. To make more offensive use of the gun´s firepower, the 17-pdr was mounted on several armoured vehicles as self-propelled gun, such as the 17pdr SP Achilles and the Archer. It was also adapted as a tank gun, for example with the Sherman Firefly and the Comet I.

It is available deployed as a stationary weapon, or in tow by a Crusader Gun Tractor from 1943 onwards. The gun is fixed, but can slowly rotate 360 degrees.


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