Long Tom was a familiar term name for the British 60-pr. "position" gun of the earlier days of the First World War. It is also a colloquial term used for any big gun. The name became familiarized to the public in the Boer War, originating apparently with the name given to the notorious Boer big gun firing from Pepworth Hill at the Siege of Ladysmith.
References / notes
- Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.147.
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