The Ordnance Society

Ordnance & Artillery of All Periods


The Ordnance Society has recently embarked upon a series of artillery surveys, which have links to photographs of the actual guns.  The surveys are FREELY AVAILABLE for download, together with Input/Update forms.

The first, a worldwide survey of British 6-inch B.L. & Q.F. guns has grown rapidly to nearly 240 guns and has attracted input and updates from many countries.

The second survey, launched at the end of March 2021, is a National Artillery Survey of B.L. & Q.F. guns in the UK, including foreign guns, and has a more comprehensive range of data.  The initial database of nearly 120 guns was built up by a small number of Ordnance Society members, and ranges from the 18-inch Howitzer at Fort Nelson, Portsmouth, to 37mm Pom-Poms.  This database has now been increased to over 560 guns by the addition of the Royal Artillery Museum collection.

The third survey, launched at the end of November 2021 is a Worldwide Survey of British B.L. & Q.F. Artillery.  It is a multi-page spreadsheet with a separate page for each gun type/calibre. The initial spreadsheet had data covering 9.2-inch guns, and other calibres have been added, with the database now amounting to eleven different calibres.

The surveys are being continuously updated with additional data and more guns.  Other surveys are also being planned.