The primary design goal for the BL Field Howitzer was to provide The British Royal Army with an improved type of Field Gun that could handle the ever increasing development of high-explosive Shells. Manufactured in 1895, The BL Howitzer weighed close to 3,000 pounds. It could chamber and fire both 40 and 50-pound Explosive Shells. Incorporating a “spring-recoil” system for sustained and accurate fire, The BL Howitzer ranged between 4,500 and 7,000 yards. The BL Howitzer was carried over into service during World War I. It was the BL that was the primary weapon used by British and New Zealand/Australian Forces at the debacle known as Gallipoli. The BL was retired from service in 1919.