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Personal logo The Badger Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Sep 2020 7:04 p.m. PST

First, sorry for the graphic nature of these photos. Can anyone identify the make/nationality of these guns? I know they are from the third Burma War and likely 1884/5. But, where did the Burmese get them from?

Any help is much appreciated.


Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2020 10:47 p.m. PST

Twelve spoke wheels rather than the 14 spoke wheels of the US 12 pdr Napoleons. The muzzle flare reminds me of guns of the ACW era. However, it looks like there are lots of rivets on the trail just under the spoke, and that it might be made of metal, rather than wood.
I see the defenses had been designed by an Italian, and there were Italian advisers on the Burmese side. Any chance thees are from Italy?


Personal logo The Badger Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Sep 2020 9:55 p.m. PST

I am not sure. I know the Burmese were buying arms from the French. The French were entrenched in Neighboring Indochina. French involvement in Burma was one of the main reasons Britain Invaded/for the third Anglo-Burma War. Here is another view of cannons (British dismantling Burmese cannon). This looks like an 1870s era French Napoleon field gun


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