The L52 is analogous with the US M728. The M728/L52 was fielded and uploaded by both USAREUR and Bundeswehr.
Yes, I am aware of that. However, M728 came around 1974, while several years long withdraw of Centurion from first line units was pretty much completed by 1973, when The Royal Hussars regiment switched to Chieftain. True enough, Centurions lingered in warehouses for many years afterwards, and I think some batches of L52 were used in Yom Kippur war. Unfortunately, I am not familiar with L52 development history to say if it was actually fielded and used with British units, hence the question.
Bear in mind, there were Centurions operated by the Royal Artillery for some years as F/O tanks. They were subsequently given to the Royal Engineers to supliment the 165mm guns, and these still retained their 105mm guns. Ive no idea what the ammunition issue was, I suspect mainly HESH, but I would imagine its conceivable in time of conflict they would have had AP rounds. There were of course Australian ones and canadian ones until the late 70s, and they probably used Commonwealth designations.
Its interesting to note, ive a M60A1 manual in my collection (I think this was dated late 70's) and it seemed to list British 105mm ammunition in that. Possibly it was just a reprint of an older manual, ive no idea.
Edited by Stuart Galbraith, 16 December 2017 - 1052 AM.