From Sky news on line Etched on the breach of the field gun is “1941” - the year of manufacture of this 25-pounder, the best British artillery piece of the Second World War. They were shelling Islamic State (IS) positions on the outskirts of city of Mosul. Most of the surviving ones are in museums or appear ceremonially, but this weapon was being fired in anger by Kurdish Peshmerga. That a WWII 25-pounder is being used by the Kurds underscores both Britain’s historical ties with this part of the world and the Kurdish need to be supplied with modern weaponry. All the Kurdish fighters we spoke to expressed their appreciation that the RAF has now joined them in this fight. The old British gun is part of a Kurdish garrison on top of Mount Zartac, a strategically important vantage point which overlooks Mosul and the surrounding villages If the Kurdish Peshmerga are going to do it, they will need modern guns. British relics will not suffice.