Mountain Cannons

// Information on mountain cannons used during World War II.


The material transport in mountainous regions was always been the great puzzles of the men of the artillery gun. The pieces of large caliber, usually more effective, were too heavy to be able to be pulled by beasts of burden, while the smaller-caliber weapons were not required for effective action taken on the mountain. 

The first solution to this dilemma has emerged in Russia in 1876, when an officer outlined the plans of a cannon consists of two separate pieces that already on the battlefield, would be screwed without much effort. 

The idea would eventually prove quite useful, allowing transport the artillery pieces to places that otherwise would prove impractical. Besides the ease with which it was transported, this type of cannon - the target of subsequent developments - a shooting accuracy allied to a unique easy handling and maintenance. 

Its characteristics have proved to be too obvious to men of the 24th Mountain Regiment in the defense of Kohima. Placed in the mountains surrounding the city, this regiment gunners could attack the Japanese positions effectively and accurately, avoiding at the same time, the attacks of the enemy artillery. 

Experience in Kohima would prove very valuable, as the men placed in the mountains know what the position of the Japanese forces on the ground, even before receiving the support units West Kent the coordinates of enemy positions. 

In a book published later, from Kent to Kohima, the men of the Royal West Kent not spare praise for the skill of the gunners: Their fire was so precious that they were able to set a minimum distance of our troops without causing any damage.

The english version of this article will be available soon. In the meanwhile, the text above was the result of a Google translation from portuguese version to english.