10 cm Feldhaubitze M 99

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10 cm Feldhaubitze M 99
10cm Feldhaubitze M99 im HGM Wien.jpg
10 cm M. 99 Feldhaubitze in the HGM, Vienna
TypeField howitzer
Place of originAustria-Hungary
Service history
In service1903-1918
Used by Austria-Hungary
WarsWorld War I
Production history
Designed1899-1902
Specifications
Weight997 kg (2,198 lb)
Barrel length1.35 m (4 ft 5 in) L/13
Width1.56 metres (5 ft 1 in)

Shell14.3 kilograms (32 lb)
Caliber104 millimetres (4.1 in)
Breecheccentric interrupted screw
Carriagebox trail
Muzzle velocity305 m/s (1,000 ft/s)
Maximum firing range6,100 m (6,700 yd)

The 10 cm Feldhaubitze M 99 was a howitzer used by Austria-Hungary during World War I.

It had a bronze barrel and lacked a modern recoil system, using only an ineffective spring-mounted spade brake, and was virtually obsolescent on its introduction. Nonetheless, it was the standard field howitzer for the Austrian Army at the outbreak of the war.

It donated its barrel to the 10 cm Gebirgshaubitze M 99, although few of those were made, being largely replaced by a version of the standard Feldhaubitze M 99 with a narrow, 1.3 metres (51 in) carriage for use on mountain paths. The axle seats were deleted from these narrow carriages in the interest of saving weight.

References[edit]

  • Ortner, M. Christian. The Austro-Hungarian Artillery From 1867 to 1918: Technology, Organization, and Tactics. Vienna, Verlag Militaria, 2007 ISBN 978-3-902526-13-7