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Néry Gun

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Néry Gun

Néry is a commune in northern France, where on 1 September 1914, the British 1st Cavalry Brigade and L Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery who had camped at Néry, were surprised by the advancing German Cavalry Division. The German attack devastated the British battery, however, this single 13 pounder gun was kept firing, and held off the Germans long enough for a counterattack to drive away the attackers. Three Victoria Crosses were awarded to L Battery and the “Néry Gun” is now preserved in the Imperial War Museum.

The Ordnance QF (quick-firing) 13-pounder field gun was the standard equipment of the British Royal Horse Artillery at the outbreak of World War I. It was intended as a rapid-firing and highly-mobile field gun for Royal Horse Artillery (RHA) batteries supporting Cavalry brigades, which were expected to be engaged in mobile open warfare

Néry Gun

  • Title:                    Néry Gun
  • Dates:                  1906
  • Use:                      First World War
  • Built:                    Vickers Sons & Maxim, Elswick Ordnance Co
  • Materials:           Gun: metal; whole: wood
  • Weight :               2,236 lb (1,014 kg)
  • Barrel length:     Bore 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
  • Crew:                    9
  • Museum:             Imperial War Museum
  • City:                      London
  • Country:              United Kingdom


“Success is not final, failure is not fatal:
it is the courage to continue that counts.”

– Winston Churchill


Photo Credit: JOM

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