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Although possibly outside the intended scope of this forum, I would like to pose the following question to anyone who might have the answer. On the WWII British Ordnance, QF, 6 pdr Anti-Tank Gun Mk IV, Carriage Mk III (Airborne) what is the function of the six small lugs/protrusions on each of the rims of the carriage wheels? They appear to be installed only on the Carriage Mk III. Would hope that someone might have a copy of the gun’s technical manual in their reference library. Would anticipate that going any quasi-formal route through either MoD channels or a museum staff would take a lot of time.  Please see the attached photograph.

Arnhem Jim

Arizona Territory

 

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hi jim the lugs on the wheel rim are for rope placement in case the gun was in a position that had to be manhandled ie stuck in mud or in a position that did not allow a vehicle to move it a hook was placed in the hook ring and the rope wound around the lugs which made it easier for the wheel to turn and be pulled manually

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Hello Mickey,

Many thanks for your response and explanation. Very logical using the leverage of the increased radius afforded by the distance of the lugs from the center of the axle. Judging from available photographs the feature wasn't incorporated on all carriage wheels of the day. All the best,

Arnhem Jim

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I had no idea about this and was hoping someone would have the answer. I should not have been too worried as we do have an amazing knowledge pool on this forum. Thanks for clearing this question up Micky and thanks for asking it Jim, and this is indeed the section to ask such a question.

Regards

Brian

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