It was decided to equip the British Airborne forces with an anti-tank weapon in 1942, after considering a number of options it was decided to use the new 6 pdr gun.
Unfortunately the 6 pdr’s standard carriage was too wide to fit into a glider and a new carriage had to be developed.
The new carriage was reduced to fit the 4’6” width of the Horsa glider. The axle was shortened and the front fixed armored shield was removed and the main shield was modified to fit to the width. The elevation wheel was moved to above the sight.
The trail legs were split in half to allow the gun to reduce its length during transportation. These two halves were joined by a socket joint secured by two large bolts. The new carriage was designated the Carriage Mark 3.
The airborne 6 pdr had available HE and Anti-tank ammunition, but didn’t get APDS until 1945.
In Flames Of War
The 6 pdr's high rate of fire and excellent anti-tank rating makes it ideal for use in an ambush. Deployed with infantry support, a section of 6 pdrs can deal with all but the heaviest tanks in attempts to hold an objective.
Range 24”/60cm; ROF 3; Anti-tank 10; Firepower 4+.