The Howitzer used at Mirbat
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The Mirbat Gun

The 25pdr artillery gun whose use played such a key role in the battle at Mirbat is now located in the Firepower! museum in Woolwich where it is on display. It was formerly displayed outside the Rotunda. There are no plans to move it either temporarily or permanently from the Firepower! museum.
(The Firepower ! Museum closed on the 8th July 2016 as the target of 200k visitors a year had not been reached. Some of the exhibits will be on display at the new Heritage Centre at Larkhill when it opens in 2020 ? Meanwhile the Mirbat Gun was loaned to the SAS for an exhibition at Credenhill. They then applied for an extension to that loan for five years but it was only granted by the Royal Artillery Historical Trust until July 2019. Effectively the Sultans gift for public exhibition is now hidden from those who may have an interest, perhaps Brits, Fijians or Omanis or just those who have a general interest in the Dhofar war. Post 2019 is unclear)


The gun had three plaques on it two of which are reproduced below
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Mirbat gun is displayed immediately on the left as you enter the main hall of the museum. One plaque that was on the gunshield has been removed and there is the suggestion that there may have been a plaque on the left gun trail.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The left hand side of the gun shield, viewed from the breech, seems to have taken almost  all of the incoming rounds from the dissidents and has been pierced by them. To my inexpert eye, there does appear to be at least one round that had a calibre of about 0.5". The adoo were known to have weapons of 12.7mm and 14.5mm calibre
 
The comments above were turned upside down when the webmaster visited Oman in December 2010 and in the course of conversation it transpired that only the barrel - identified by its serial number - was the actual lump of metal that took part in the battle. Any comments made about the gunshield therefore are also probably incorrect and have to be viewed with caution. The gunshield came from another gun and was "doctored" on the ranges at Arzat before being attached to the gun carriage. The breech block came from ?? and may be a spare bit. It is labelled for "Training Purposes Only"

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Cracker Battery
There are details of the 25pdrs and the ammunition they used in Oman on the Cracker Battery document/webpage. This was originally a direct URL link to the Royal Artillery association webpage but it is now "broken" and the document has been inserted as a*.pdf.
A good number of gunners from 1st Regiment RHA found their way to Dhofar some of whom were familiar to the webmaster who had been their RMO in Colchester from 1967 to 1969. It seems like a good idea to publish photographs from 1RHA to contrast conditions in Europe and in Dhofar. They were stationed in Detmold in 1972 just to the south of BMH Rinteln. The slides have degraded over the years but may have some interest for those were associated with 1RHA at the time.
 
The Firepower Museum in Woolwich is now closed. Those who would wish to see a 25 pdr might like to go to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. Not only is there a sizeable landwarfare hall there but there are huge displays of British and American aircraft. Threr are also frequent days when both vintage and modern aircraft give displays.
       
 
 
If  anyone  feels  the urge  to  make  a  model  of a  25pdr Armortek  make a splendid metal model 31 inches long and weighing 20 pounds which they will be happy to dispatch to you in exchange for about £500......