By Master Bombardier Lynn Danielson, 116th Independent Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery
Master Bombardier Lynn Danielson of 116th Independent Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery in, Kenora, Ontario provided her first-person account to the Shilo Stag newspaper in November
Shilo, Manitoba — I have been on several gun exercises throughout my career, but this was the first time I was going to see the “big guns” in action.
I was part of Exercise FROZEN GUNNER held at CFB Shilo on March 17 and 18, 2017 where 38 Canadian Brigade Group Artillery Tactical Group (38 ATG) and 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (1 RCHA) conducted collective training to co-ordinate live battery and regimental fires.
38 ATG used the C3 105mm Howitzer, while 1 RCHA fired the M777 155mm Howitzer.
Master Bombardier Zach McDermot-Fouts worked as a Reservist on the C3 Howitzer with 38 ATG before joining 1 RCHA, where he works with the M777.
“I guess when it comes down to it, it’s mostly about manpower and manoeuverability,” offered MBdr McDermot-Fouts. “The C3 is a lighter gun and can be manned and manoeuvered quickly by only three to four people if it really came down to it.”
He added, “Rounds alone for the M777 weigh 100 pounds [50 kilograms] apiece and you need at least seven people to be mobile.”
From the C3 gun line, 38 ATG Sergeant Michael Sweatman noted, “Because there are other units watching and depending on the speed and accuracy of our rounds, joint…