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L5 105mm Pack Howitzer Profile














L5 105mm Pack Howitzer in profile
Giclee print on archival paper
Size as requested by customer

"The L5 105mm Pack Howitzer was designed and built in Italy by OTO Mellara. It was created to be fully transportable
by pack mule in the mountainous terrain of northern Italy and was compact and modular. Able to be towed on highways by a Land Rover it could be broken down into 112 sections for ease of transport or could be transported fully assembled by aircraft and airdropped by parachute. So light was it that it could even be carried by a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter.

The L5 was used by Royal Australian Artillery and Royal New Zealand Artillery in South Vietnam and was the gun used to support Australian forces at the Battle of Long Tan where Australian and New Zealand batteries laid down thousands of rounds in support of the beleaguered D Company, 6 RAR until help could arrive.

The L5 could be used in both the normal artillery role or the anti-tank role and had a crew of seven and fired the standard 105mm round used by US forces in such types as HEAT, HE, illumination and Flechette. Maximum effective range was 10,500 m.

Australian Regular Army units replaced this weapon with the M2 Howitzer of US design and the L5 went on to serve with Army Reserve units up until the 1990s.


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Independent Productions and Aviation Services is the website of Conway Bown, Australian Army Official War Artist and Aviation Consultant. Services include portrait painting and other portraiture, aviation services such as CRM - Crew Resource Management - and Helicopter Underwater Escape Training - HUET - which may include Emergency Breathing Systems - EBS - training using Helicopter Aircrew Breathing Devices - HABD - or Helicopter Emergency Egress Device - HEEDs.

During 2006, Conway Bown deployed to the Middle East as the Australian Army's Official War Artist, what the US Armed Forces call Combat Artist. This website features the artwork created during this project as part of the Australian Army's Official Art Scheme.

For more information on War Art, Combat Artists, Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET), Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS) or Crew Resource Management (CRM), please visit the relevant webpages:

HUET - RHO Aviation

CRM - RHO Aviation

EBS - RHO Aviation

Official War Artist - IPAS.