L5 105mm Pack Howitzer
The L5 105mm Pack
Howitzer was the standard field gun of the Australian Army in
Malaysia and Vietnam 1965 - 67, when they were replaced by the more
robust, but much heavier U.S. built M2A2 Field Gun. The L5 equipped
ARA and some CMF Field Batteries during the early 1960s replacing
the 25pounder field gun.
During the Battle of Long Tan 18 August 1966, the three field
batteries 103 Field Battery RAA, 105 Field Battery RAA and 161 Field
Battery RNZA using the L5 Pack Howitzer fired 3,198 rounds in
support of the Australian Infantry
(Ref: TO LONG TAN p351).
There were six field howitzers per battery.
These 103 Battery L5 105mm Pack Howitzers are in action at a fire
support base about 2kilometres north of 5 RAR's 1 ATF lines. photo
shows the gun crew preparing to fire. This was early January 1967.
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