7.7 cm FK 16
The 7.7 cm Feldkanone 16 was a field gun used by Germany in World War I. Surviving examples in German service were rebarreled postwar as the 7.5 cm FK16 nA. The older 7.7 cm FK96 n. A. field gun was very mobile, the FK16 was intended to remedy this problem. The barrel was lengthened and it was given a box carriage to allow for greater elevation and it was also given separate-loading ammunition to reduce powder consumption and barrel wear at short ranges, although this had the drawback of reducing the rate of fire compared to the older gun. It also suffered from a number of premature detonations of its shells during 1916. These were traced to poor quality control of its shells, which were too large in diameter. The picric acid would form very sensitive picric salts within days of filling the shells, lacquering the insides of the shells and spraying them with a turpentine/starch solution neutralized the picric acid and prevented it from forming picric salts. The barrel of this gun was mounted on the carriage of the 10.5 cm Feldhaubitze 98/09 as the 7.7 cm Kanone in Haubitzelafette to allow it greater elevation and range. Belgium modified the guns it received as post-war reparations as the Canon de 75 mle GP II, after the war, some guns were retained by Germany, re-barreled into 75mm caliber, and used in World War II as the 7.5 cm FK16 nA. New York, Barnes & Noble Books,2000 ISBN 0-7607-1994-2 Jäger, German Artillery of World War One. Ramsbury, Marlborough, Wiltshire, Crowood Press,2001 ISBN 1-86126-403-87.7 cm FK16 on Landships List and pictures of World War I surviving guns
7.7 cm FK 96
The 7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 was a field gun used by Germany before World War I. Thus it was rendered obsolete when the French introduced their Canon de 75 modèle 1897 the following year. Most guns were rebuilt to modern standards in 1904 as the 7.7 cm FK96 n. A. which served throughout World War I as one of Germanys main light field guns. The remaining unmodified guns were known as the 7.7 cm FK96 a. A. A number of 7.5 cm Krupp L/24 quick firing guns and these guns were used with good effect against the British in the Second Boer War between 1899 and 1902. A number of 7.7 cm FK96 a/A guns were used by German Colonial batteries during the 1904 Herero Wars and during the South African invasion of German South West Africa. C64, roughly its predecessor in the Franco-Prussian and Second Schleswig War,7.7 cm FK96 n. A. modernised version Ordnance BL15 pounder, British equivalent Jäger, Herbert. German Artillery of World War One, ramsbury, Marlborough, Wiltshire, Crowood Press,2001 ISBN 1-86126-403-8 Ortner, M. Christian. The Austro-Hungarian Artillery From 1867 to 1918, Technology, Organization, vienna, Verlag Militaria,2007 ISBN 978-3-902526-13-77.7 cm FK96 on Landships Fotos from the Muswellbrook RSL, Muswellbrook, NSW
7.7 cm FK 96 n.A.
The 7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art was a field gun used by Germany in World War I. The gun combined the barrel of the earlier 7.7 cm FK96 with a system, a new breech. Existing FK 96s were upgraded over time, however, once the front had become static, the greater rate of fire of the French gun and the heavier shells fired by the British gun put the Germans at a disadvantage. The Germans remedied this by developing the longer-ranged, but heavier 7.7 cm FK16, as with most guns of its era, the FK96 n. A. had seats for two crewmen mounted on its splinter shield. Guns taken into service by Finland, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia upon independence in 1919 served until replaced during the 1930s, feldgranate 96, a 6.8 kilogram high-explosive shell filled with.19 kg of TNT. FeldkanoneGeschoss 11, A6.85 kilogram shell combining high explosive and it contained 29410 gram lead bullets and.25 kilograms of TNT. A6.8 kilogram pure shrapnel shell filled with 300 lead bullets, an anti-tank shell A smoke shell A star shell A gas shell It mainly used the K. Z.11 time fuze or the later L. K. Z. 7.7 cm FK96, predecessor forming basis of this weapon Ordnance BLC15 pounder, British equivalent, similar upgrade of an older gun 3-inch M1902 field gun, US equivalent Hogg, new York, Barnes & Noble Books,2000 ISBN 0-7607-1994-2 Jäger, Herbert. German Artillery of World War One
10 cm K 04
The 10 cm Kanone 04 was a field gun used by Germany in World War I. It was the heavy gun with modern recoil system accepted by the German Army. It was produced as a replacement for the 10 cm K99, although the standard version lacked a gunshield, some models, such as the 10 cm K 04/12, were fitted with a special gunshield and some other minor modifications. There was only 32 in service at the outbreak of the war and it could be transported in one load by a team of six horses, or it could be broken down into 2 loads for crossing rough terrain. German Artillery of World War One