De la part de Charlie Clelland

Hi Bernard,

 
This Belgian howitzer is one of the most historically significant in Australia. During the night of July 22-23 1916 Australian
troops attacked German positions around the village of Pozieres. Over the next 2 weeks of the battle Australian troops
suffered more than 16,000 casualties. In the early advance into Pozieres, 3 German howitzers which had been damaged by
the initial barrage were found - these howitzers were 15cm ex-Belgian Krupp/FRC 15cm. The 3 damaged howitzers were returned to
Australia after WW1 but only one survives now at the 9th Battalion Museum, Enoggera, Qld.
 
The first image is from the AWM collection and is, I believe, the howitzer now at Enoggera. The image was taken about
September 1916 - after the battle.

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The damaged howitzer was embedded in concrete by the Brisbane City Council and is still partially inside the concrete slab.

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The 9th Battalion Museum is slowly restoring the howitzer. The first image is the howitzer in 2010 - image credit Charlie Clelland.

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The other, more recent images were taken by Mal Black.
 
Regards,
 
Charlie