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Sign: Metzudat Koach - Heritage Sites in Israel - Mountain cannon - Napoleonchik

Mevo’ot HaHermon Regional Council, Israel
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On the sign:
סמל המועצה לשימור אתרי מורשת בישראל
סמל מוזיאון הרעות
סמל משרד התרבות והספורט
סמל המועצה האזורית הגליל העליון
סמל המועצה האזורית מבואות החרמון

תותח הרים - נפוליאונצ’יק
תותחי ההרים (קוטר 65 מ"מ, טווח 6 ק"מ, משקל 400 ק"ג, משקל פגז 6 ק"ג) יוצרו בצרפת בשנת 1921. הם נישאו ע"ג פרדות, ונתנו מענה ללחימה בשטחים הרריים. עיצובם שיווה להם מראה עתיק, ולכן זכו, בתש"ח, לכינוי "נפוליאונצ’יקים".
עם פרוץ מלחמת העצמאות, עלה הצורך בסיוע ארטילרי בלחימה, אולם היה קשה מאוד לרכוש תותחים ולהביאם לארץ. על כן, נרכשו תחילה רק כמה תותחי הרים. התותחים הגיעו ארצה ב -14 במאי 1948 והוסעו מיד במשאיות לאזורי הקרבות.
הנפוליאונצ’יקים שימשו את הכוחות הלוחמים בתש"ח, בקרבות על הדגניות (דגניה א’, דגניה ב’), צמח, לטרון ועוד.
תותח זה, שנתרם למוזיאון הרעות באדיבות קיבוץ יראון, שומר על ידי המועצה לשימור אתרי מורשת בישראל.
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The sign shape is rectangular but its head is designed according to the silhouette of the old building of the Gymnasia Herzliya, which serves as a logo of the Council for the Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel

The cannon was photographed that day by the same photographer Click for a larger image

Translation of the text on the sign:
Symbol of the Council for the Preservation of Israeli Heritage Sites
Emblem of the Reut Museum
Symbol of the Ministry of Culture and Sports
Symbol of the Upper Galilee Regional Council
Emblem of the Mevoot Hermon Regional Council

Mountain cannon - Napoleonchik
The mountain cannons (diameter 65 mm, range 6 km, weight 400 kg, shell weight 6 kg) were manufactured in France in 1921. They were carried on mules, and provided a solution to combat in mountainous areas. Their design gave them a look Ancient, which is why they were nicknamed "Napoleonchiks" in 1948.
With the outbreak of the War of Independence, the need for artillery assistance in the fighting increased, but it was very difficult to purchase cannons and bring them to Israel. Therefore, only a few mountain cannons were initially purchased. The cannons arrived in Israel on May 14, 1948 and were immediately transported by truck to the battle zones.
The Napoleonchiks were used by the fighting forces in 1948, in battles over the Deganias (Degania A., Degania B.), Tzemach, Latrun and more.
This cannon, donated to the Reut Museum courtesy of Kibbutz Yaron, is maintained by the Council for the Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel.

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