BL 8in Mk. VI – VIII

BL 8in Mk. VI – VIII
Image: BL 8in (IWM)
Weapon Type[@type]
Origin & DesignerHeavy Howitzer
Numbers Produced246 (All Marks)
Elevation-4° to +50° (VI) -0° to +50° (VII & VIII)
Traverse4° Left & Right
BreechWellin Screw
Gun SightNo. 7 Dial Sight
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
CarriageBox Trail
Gun Shield[@gun_shield]
Armoured Plate[@armoured_plate]
Barrel Length2.989m (L/14.7) Mks. I – V / 3.515m (L/17.3) Mk. VII - VIII
Overall Length[@length]
WeightIn Action: 8.192 kg
Round Weight(HE) 90.7 kg
Muzzle Velocity400 m/s (VI) 460m (VII & VIII)
Magazine Capacity[@magazine_capacity]
Practical Rate of Fire[@practical_rate_of_fire]
Rate of Fire1 r.p.m.
Maximum Rate of Fire[@maximum_rate_of_fire]
Maximum Ceiling[@maximum_ceiling]
Maximum Ground Range[@maximum_ground_range]
Maximum Range9.825m (VI) 11.200m (VII & VIII)
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
TractionMotorised (Scammell Pioneer R100 Tractor)
NotesAnother weapon that saw action in World Was One was the 8in howitzer. The Mk. I, II, III IV and V were adapted from naval guns which were heavy with only a short range. The Mk. VI, VII and VIII were completely different and came from a new design. The Mk. VIII saw action again in World with three batteries being sent to France with the BEF and those that remained were used to defend Britain. Many of these were converted into 7.2in Howitzers.