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
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
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.
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
HUET - RHO Aviation
CRM - RHO Aviation
EBS - RHO Aviation
Official War Artist - IPAS.