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ONE ),F IHE MONIIORS .VHICH TOOK PART IN THE LAND. SEA. AIR AND UNDER-SEA BATTLE OF THE COAST: H.M.S. “SEVERN.’
n .,.r . R b WGAE ,nBRI I IýH POSITIONGT’N WHICH HAS W’ROUGHT HAVOC AMONG THE GERMANS : ONE OF THE SIXTY-POUNDERS OF THE HEAVY ARTILLERY.
hl;tc.: ‘he big Krupps have been a surprise of the war on land, the three British nonr,ror Severn ” ‘Humbetr and ‘ Mersey.’ have proved a surpr:se oi the war at -ea. Why they were secretly acquired at the outset or the war we may learn later, should Mr. Churchill aome day have the opportunity of dotting the ” is ” and crossing ‘he “‘s” or that statement he made about “digging the enemy’s fleet out like rats .om :heir hole. The ‘ Severn ” and her two sister-ships, the ” Humber ” and the Mersey. ‘ each draw cnly 8′ ee’ or water, and each carry two 6-inch Ioo-pounder ,uichk-rc-l in a ‘urret lorward with two 4″7-inch 45-pounder howitzers for high-angle
shell-firmg art. Another surprise for the enemy on the field of battle has been the efficrency and hard-hitting power of the British heavy artillery 6o-pounder position-gun. The precision and effectiveness of its fire has been repeatedly borne testimony to, not only in letters frcm our soldiers at the Front, but also by French officers, during the retreat after Ms, at the crossing of the Marne, and in the continuous bombardments of the Aisne valley fighting, where it was of vital assistance as a counter-balance to the formidable German heavy batteries. The gun is of 5-inch calibre and throws a 6o-lb. shell. Four guns constitute a battery, with 5 officers and 122 men.