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4 Inch Mobile Naval Gun

4 Inch Mobile Naval Gun

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As part of the anti-invasion measures following Dunkirk many improvised vehicles were created.  One of which was the 4 Inch Mobile Naval Gun.  An obsolescent 4″ Naval Gun which was originally designed as secondary armament on large ships as anti-torpedo boat guns.  400 were avainlable and were pressed into service in lots of mounts, one being a Foden DG/6/10 ten ton army lorry.  The bodywork was removed and replaced with a basic sheet steel cab with a closable roof to resist the blast of the gun.  It could only be fired fore or aft and allegedly one of the commands before firing was ‘Hold onto something’ – they were not ideal platforms but the gun at least was capable going on to become the main armament of many corvettes.