During war the million-to-one chance of something happening is not uncommon. It occurred at least three times to the North Irish Horse while in battle. Here's one such occasion. During the battle for the Oued Zarga mountains in Tunisia, the regiment came under constant air attacks. As usual, when fighting in the mountains, the 6-pdrs were loaded with H.E. By chance, a shell from an attacking Messerschmitt went right up the gun's barrel, causing it to fire - the operator suffered a broken left shoulder as he was in the way of its recoil. The start of an interesting thread perhaps?