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Ordnance QF 6-pounder
6pdr 1
Role Anti-tank gun
Operators United Kingdom
No. of positions 1
Position 1 57mm gun

Ordnance QF 6-pounder is a British anti-tank gun.


As the Ordnance QF 2-pounder became increasingly insufficient against the newer enemy tanks, a more capable gun was needed to succeed it. The result was the 6-pounder, which entered service with British and Commonwealth troops in 1942. The 6-pounder was light and had great mobility. It delivered quite a punch and could deal with most enemy tanks, even with heavy protected ones, to an extent. It performed so remarkable, that the US Army introduced a licensed variant of the gun, since their own 37mm anti-tank gun became inadequate as well.

The 6-pdr gun was also used as the main armament for several vehicles, such as the Crusader III and the Valentine IX. It was later succeeded by the Ordnance QF 17-pounder, but remained in service for the rest of the war due to its smaller size, low weight and mobility. However, it shares the same drawback with its predecessor, the 2-pdr gun: There was no high explosive round for it, limiting its effectiveness on soft targets like machine gun nests.


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