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85-mm Type 56 field gun

Country of Origin: China


The 85-mm Type 56 field gun is based on the Soviet divisional D-44 gun (see separate record for more information). China received a number of those during the Korean War (1950-1953).

One of this gun’s major differences from the D-44 is a modified firing mechanism that uses a push rod in the center of the elevating handwheel.

The Type 56 fires high-explosive (HE), fin-stabilized HE anti-tank (HEAT-FS) and high-explosive squash head (HESH) ammunition.


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