British WW1 Cannon

There is a World War One British cannon on display in a small park in Wabasha, MN.

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Side view British 60pdr, Wabasha, MN

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Loading view British 60pdr, Wabasha MN. A 60pdr is equivalent to a 127mm or 5″ gun in American terms.

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Front view, British 60pdr Wabasha, MN

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ID plate British 60pdr Wabasha MN. Another damaged plate identified the gun as being manufactured by Armstrong/Whitworth.


The only information as to how and why a British canon became part of park in Wabasha is this:

This park features a prominent WW1 cannon from the early 1900’s. The cannon was almost salvaged but, thanks to community members, was placed in the park and has become a landmark near the middle of town.–

The canon is a British 60pdr or a five inch gun (127mm). It was the standard heavy gun that served in the British and Canadian armies during World War One.

According to Wiki the US acquired a few batteries of 60pdrs for evaluation purposes after WW1 but never adopted it for US service. Presumably, the gun in Wabasha was one of the these guns and the good citizens of Wabasha rescued the damaged gun from the scrap heap.

Since there isn’t a plaque in Canon Park commemorating US involvement in WW1 I’m guessing that the citizens just wanted a canon in the park to commemorate Minnesota’s involvement in all US wars.

The gun is marked as being produced by Armstrong, the main supplier of the weapon to the British Army.

Guns of this nature were combined into batteries and used to shell the enemy trench lines prior to an infantry attack. World War One is known as the war of artillery once the armies bogged down into trench warfare. If an artillery bombardment could suppress the enemy machine guns and infantry then one’s own infantry could attack and carry the enemies’ trench line. This was rarely the case but all participants used the tactic in the hopes of achieving a breakthrough that would end the bloodshed.

6 comments on “British WW1 Cannon

  1. Great gun.I’v made a model of one out of wood with limber. 19 inches long.

  2. Hello Bruce, I wonder if you can help? The Ordnance Society is carrying out a survey of British manufactured artillery guns that are now in overseas countries, and we would like to include the information on your gun above, together with pictures. Our website is: https://ordnancesociety.org.uk/ and our surveys are available here under the Artillery Surveys page, where the details are shown. I look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Trevor Parker

    • Hello Trevor, thank you for checking out my blog. Please feel free to use whatever you’d like from my entry. It was fun tracking down how the gun got to my state and ended up in a memorial park. Your website is interesting.

      • Hello Bruce, Many thanks – we’ll copy your pics to our Flickr page and link to them there, with acknowledgements to your blog of course, if that’s OK? Regards, Trevor.

      • That would be fine Trevor. Thanks for the acknowledgment.

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