Restored ar­tillery piece re­veals se­cret of ori­gin

Great Southern Herald - - News - Saskia Adysti

When the Katan­ning Men Shed took it upon them­selves to re­pair a World War I ar­tillery piece a month ago, they didn’t ex­pect to un­cover a cen­tury-old se­cret.

The weapon has been on display at Katan­ning’s Prosser Park since the end of World War I, and when re­pair work be­gan one Men Shed mem­ber said he re­alised its un­ex­pected ori­gins.

Alex Steven­son said while do­ing re­search he spot­ted an iden­ti­cal gun with the Pales­tinian army in­signia — unusual given they be­lieved the gun was a Bri­tish weapon.

The same mark­ings were later found on the Katan­ning gun, con­firm­ing the gun’s ori­gin 100 years af­ter it came to the coun­try.

“Af­ter we get rid some of the old paint we found the old em­blem,” he said. “I didn’t know that it be­longed to the Turk­ish army and it was Ger­man made, most peo­ple thought it was English.

“It was cap­tured in Pales­tine, brought back to Aus­tralia as one of the field guns, taken as war prizes.”

The field gun will soon be re­turned to Piesse Park to be on display for an­other cen­tury.

Pic­ture: Saskia Adysti

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