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What was the purpose of the four loops along the top of the 17 pounder shield ?

The 6pdr had a wavy top to the shield, which I presume was to soften the shape, but these seem too insubstantial to make any difference to something the size of a barn door :)

They also only seem to appear on some pictures, as if they were added/deleted at some point.



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Only the early guns had it, it was to break up the outline for camouflage but not on its own, more to drape netting or foliage.

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