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French Weapons Web-Page

Post by K.Kocjancic » 20 Oct 2003 11:34

Could anyone post a link to web-page with photos and data of French weapons (specially of Army)?

Thanks in advance,
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Post by David Lehmann » 21 Oct 2003 13:13

There is no good website at all for that except for the tanks, bu I will provide data from books and personnal knowledge.

Armée de Terre (French Army) OoB and ToE
http://enpointe.chez.tiscali.fr/oobs.html
http://france1940.free.fr/
http://alain.adam.free.fr/dylebreda.html

Guns, tanks, armored cars ...
http://www.chars-francais.net/
http://users.swing.be/tanks.edito/edito ... tml#207317
http://members.aol.com/counterpaneland/Fr1940m.htm - APCs
http://www.landships.freeservers.com/37mm_gun.htm

Small arms
http://armesetpassion.free.fr/sommaire.html
http://users.bigpond.net.au/feckless/index.html
http://www.stormpages.com/garyjkennedy/ ... war_tw.htm
http://membres.lycos.fr/manusnake/index2.html
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/sturmpionier.ww2.grades/
http://membres.lycos.fr/grandearmurerie/ac-sommaire.htm

Chasseurs Alpins
http://guysylvain.chez.tiscali.fr/index.htm

Maginot Line
http://www.lignemaginot.com/index10.htm
http://www.maginot.org/
http://www.maginot67.com/

Marine Nationale (French Navy)
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/bertrand.daubigny/MnHmPg.htm
http://www.geocities.com/halvezool/Frenchnavy.htm

Armée de l'Air (French Air Force)
http://frenchaces.free.fr/
http://aerostories.free.fr/
http://flyinglegends.free.fr/
http://mapage.noos.fr/papeguay/
http://anampara.chez.tiscali.fr/pages/h ... 0l'air.htm (Airborne Infantry)


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Main Infantry weapons

Revolver Lebel Mle 1892 - German : Revolver 637(f) -
Type : Revolver (double action)
Total length : 252 mm
Weight (empty) : 790 g
Barrell Length : 114 mm
Caliber : 8 mm Lebel
Magazine : 6 rounds
V° : 250 m/s

Pistolet automatique SACM 1935A and 1935S - German : Pistole 625(f) -
Type : Semi-automatic pistol (single action)
Total length : 188 mm
Weight (empty) : 790 g
Barrell Length : 105 mm
Caliber : 7.65x22 mm Longue
Magazine : 8 rounds magazines
V° : 340 m/s

Pistolet automatique Ruby - German : Pistole 624(f) -
Type : Semi-automatic pistol (single action)
Total length : 160 mm
Weight (empty) : 850 g
Barrell Length : 94 mm
Caliber : 7.65x17 mm (.32 ACP)
Magazine : 9 rounds magazines
V° : 220 m/s

Pistolet Mitrailleur MAS-38 - German : Maschinenpistole 722(f) -Type : Sub-machinegun
Total length : 623 mm
Weight (empty) : 3.36 kg
Barrell Length : 224 mm
Caliber : 7.65x22 mm Longue
Magazine : 32 rounds magazines
Rate of fire : 600 rpm
V° : 350 m/s
The MAS38 had been developed but not really put into production in time for the 1940 campaign. It was thus rare, with only individual weapons seeing service rather than systematic issue to particular unit types. Used by Germans under the name MP 722f.

Pistolet Mitrailleur Modèle 1939 PETTER
Type : Sub-machinegun
Total length : 645 mm (388 mm with folded stock)
Weight (empty) : 2.90 kg
Barrell Length : 200 mm
Caliber : 7.65x22 mm Longue
Magazine : 36 rounds magazines
Rate of fire : 600 rpm
V° : 350 m/s
Only 50 delivered.

Pistolet Mitrailleur Modèle 1924 STA
Type : Sub-machinegun
Total length : 834 mm
Weight (empty) : 3.50 kg
Barrell Length : 226 mm
Caliber : 9x19 mm
Magazine : 32 rounds magazines
Rate of fire : 380 rpm
V° : 355 m/s
Only 1200 delivered.

Pistolet Mitrailleur Type ETVS - German : Maschinenpistole 721(f) -Type : Sub-machinegun
Total length : 670 mm (420 mm with folded stock)
Weight (empty) : 2.70 kg
Barrell Length : 210 mm
Caliber : 7.65x22 mm Longue
Magazine : 32 rounds magazines
Rate of fire : 500 rpm
V° : 350 m/s
Only 50 delivered.

Pistolet Mitrailleur Erma Vollmer (Erma MP) - German : Maschinenpistole 704(f) -
Type : Sub-machinegun
Total length : 892 mm
Weight (empty) : 4.15 kg
Barrell Length : 250 mm
Caliber : 9x19 mm
Magazine : 20 or 32 rounds magazines
Rate of fire : 500 rpm
V° : 390 m/s
The most common SMG used by the French Army in 1939-40. They actually were seized from Spanish Republican troops at the end of the Spanish Civil War. 3250 MPE were counted but due to lack of magazines only 750 were issued. The most common place to find this weapon was with the Corps Francs. There was also other SMGs in use in small numbers : Thomson M1921, MP28, MP34, Steyr and even 150 Suomi M/31.

ALL the SMGs used by the French Army in 1940 :
- French origin
PM MAS 38 : 1958
PM STA mle 1924 : 1200
PM Petter mle 1939 : 50
PM ETVS : 50
- Foreign origin
MP 28 : 1000
MP 34 : 200
EMP : 3250
Steyr : about 50
Suomi M/31 : 150
Thompson 1921/1928 : 3000 (but rarely used in 39/40, many stayed in amories or only delivered to police units, more used by Vichy forces)


Carabine Lebel Mle 1886/93 R35 - German : Gewehr 303(f) -Type : Bolt action carbine
Total length : 959 mm (1359 mm with bayonet)
Weight (empty) : 3.760 kg
Barrell Length : 450 mm
Caliber : 8x50R mm
Magazine : 6 rounds in a tubular magazine
V° : 730 m/s

Mousqueton Berthier Mle 1892 M16 - German : Karabiner 553(f) -
Type : Bolt action carbine
Total length : 945 mm
Weight (empty) : 3.25 kg
Barrell Length : 453 mm
Caliber : 8x50R mm
Magazine : 5 rounds clips
V° : 730 m/s

Fusil Lebel Mle 1886/93 - German : Gewehr 301(f) -
Type : Bolt action rifle
Total length : 1305 mm (1625 mm with bayonet)
Weight (empty) : 4.180 kg
Barrell Length : 800 mm
Caliber : 8x50R mm
Magazine : 8 rounds in a tubular magazine
V° : 750 m/s

Fusil Berthier Mle 1916 - German : Gewehr 304(f) -
Type : Bolt action rifle
Total length : 1305 mm (1825 mm with bayonet)
Weight (empty) : 4.20 kg
Barrell Length : 800 mm
Caliber : 8x50R mm
Magazine : 5 rounds clips
V° : 750 m/s

Fusil Berthier Mle 07/15 M34 - German : Gewehr 241(f) -
Type : Bolt action rifle
Total length : 1080 mm
Weight (empty) : 3.70 kg
Barrell Length : 800 mm
Caliber : 7.5x54 mm
Magazine : 5 rounds clips
V° : 750 m/s

Fusil "automatique" Mle 1917/18 - German : Selbstlade-Gewehr 310(f) -
Type : Semi-automatic rifle
Total length : 1330 mm (1850 mm with bayonet) for the 1917 and 1110 mm for the 1918
Weight (empty) : 5.27 kg (1917) or 4.77 kg (1918)
Barrell Length : 800 mm (1917) or 580 mm (1918)
Caliber : 8x50R mm
Magazine : 5 rounds clips
V° : 750 m/s
Only 90000 have been produced. Principally used during the Rif war in Morroco but also in France and issued to the sharpshooters and to the best riflemen in the elite units.

Fusil MAS Mle 36 - German : Gewehr 242(f) -
Type : Bolt action rifle
Total length : 1020 mm (1320 mm with bayonet)
Weight (empty) : 3.75 kg
Barrell Length : 580 mm
Caliber : 7.5x54 mm
Magazine : 5 rounds clips
V° : 825 m.s-1
Some 250000 were delivered to the army up to 23rd June 1940. Issued to snipers and elite troops. Known units that definitely had them were the 1st and 2nd Spahis brigades. Beyond that they were issued to all sorts of infantry and mechanized units. Used by Germans under ther name Gewehr 242f

Tromblon VB (Tromblon Vivien-Bessière) (VB launcher = rifle grenade)
For the VB grenade launched with the modified MAS36 or Lebel 86M93 rifle (rifle grenade)
Caliber : 50 mm (490 g)
Range : 170 m
Every French infantry platoon has a group of VB grenade launchers. These handy weapons are old Lebel Mle 1886/93 rifles (or for some lucky units, the brand-new MAS 36 rifles) converted to fire grenades. They are very valuable because of their ability to engage and destroy entrenched machine-guns.

Fusil Mitrailleur Châtellerault FM 24/29 - German : leMG 116(f) -Type : Light machinegun
Total length : 1080 mm
Weight (empty) : 9.8 kg
Barrell Length : 500 mm
Caliber : 7.5x54 mm
Magazine : 20 rounds magazines
Rate of fire : 600 rpm or single shot selection
V° : 820 m/s

Hotchkiss 8mm Mle14
Type : Medium machinegun (air cooled)
Total length : 1270 mm
Weight (empty) : 24 kg with tripod
Barrell Length : 775 mm
Caliber : 8x50R mm
Magazine : 30 rounds belt rigid, 150 or 300 rounds flexible belts
Rate of fire : 450 rpm
Effective range : ~1500 m
V° : 750 m/s

Fusil anti-char Boys
Type : AT bolt action rifle
Total length : 1620 mm
Weight (empty) : 16.3 kg
Barrell Length : 915 mm
Caliber : 13.97x99B mm (.55in Boys)
Magazine : 5 rounds magazine
Penetration : 21 mm at 100 m
V° : 884 m/s
A modest number (several dozens) was provided by the British army in exchange for 25mm AT guns which became the weapon of the BEF's brigade AT companies. As well as some recce battalions they equipped the two paratroop units in existence.

7.5 mm Reibel MAC Mle 31
MMG/HMG used in fortifications (twin mounts) and vehicles
Caliber : 7,5X54 mm
Barrel length : 600 mm
Capacity : 150 rounds drum magazine
Rate of fire : 750 rpm
V° : 820 m/s

13.2 mm Hotchkiss M24/26
HMG used in fortifications (Rhine Maginot Line) and vehicles
Caliber 13.2x99 mm
Sighting optic : 2.3x
Rate of fire : 450 rpm
capacity : 30 rounds magazine
- mle 1935 P (armor piercing) penetration of 25 mm at 100 m, 20 mm at 200 m and 15 mm at 400 m
- ordinary cartridge (penetration of 17 mm at 200 m)
range : 2500 m
V° : 800 m/s
It has been mounted in bunkers (96 HMGs in the Maginot Line), in a twin AA version (270 twin HMGs in 1939), in tanks and vehicles (Laffly AM80, AMR-35 ZDT-1 ...) and in AA versions. Most of the HMGs were used in the French navy which installed them on double and quadruple mountings. The Japanese, Romanian and Polish navy also used the 13,2 mm Hotchkiss. It has some AT capacities and is often used in this role against weak armored vehicles which are common in 1939/1940.


NOTES :

ABOUT THE RIFLES AND CARBINES AVAILABILITY :

- Fusil Lebel Mle 1886/93 (8mm, 8 rounds) was replaced by the different Berthier rifles but it is still present in 1940

- Fusil Berthier Mle 07/15 (8mm, 3 rounds), replacing the Lebel rifle in 1915, still present in 1940 but few

- Fusil Berthier Mle 1916 (8mm, 5 rounds), replaced the Lebel and 07/15 rifle in 1916, the MOST COMMON in 1940 (most of the infantry divisions, fortress infantry etc.)

- Fusil Automatique Mle1917 and 1918 (8mm, 5 rounds, semi-auto) : 90000 produced. The 1917 model equiped French snipers and the others were spread among all units and given to the best shooters.

- The Berthier rifle 1907/15 M34 (7.5mm, 5 rounds), 45000 delivered in 1938 issued to the professionnal units

- MAS Mle 36 (7.5mm, 5 rounds), 250000 delivered in 1939/1940 (60000 before the beginning of the phoney war, and the rest during the following months but 250000 were used in the units) also issued primarilly to all active units (about 250000 men) (the professionnal ones : chasseurs portés, dragons portés, corps francs, chasseurs alpins, infanterie de l'air, légionnaires, some cavalry and infantry divisions) and to snipers

- Mousqueton Berthier Mle 1892 M16 (8mm, 5 rounds) was used in the cavalry and several other units like artillery units I guess ... But it was also present in the Chasseurs Alpins, in the Corps Francs beside the rifles

- Mousqueton Lebel Mle1886/93 R35 (8 mm, 6 rounds) present in 1940 and mostly used by police units (traffic regulation) and cavalry units as well as artillery units.

Therefore on the French side you had :
- 2383000 rifles in 8mm (among them 90000 semi-auto to the best shooters among the divisions
- 295000 rifles in 7.5 mm issued to the best divisions


ABOUT THE LMG's AVAILABILITY :

In 1916, the standard LMG of the squad is the FM 1915 "Chauchat", 225000 delivered (+ 35000 given to th USA)
Before 1918 about 10000 Browning FM BAR were also bought.
In 1922, 500 FM Madsen were tested.

The Army wanted the Browning FM BAR but it was too expensive.

In 1925, Adoption of the MAC FM 1924 : 50000 delivered (ammo = 7.5mm model 1924)

In 1934, Adoption of the MAC FM 24/29 (ammo = 7.5mm model 1929 which is better) and all the FM 24 transformed in FM 24/29. About 150000 delivered before 1940.

LMG from 1916 to 1934 : Chauchat, BAR, FM 24
Since 1934 : FM24/29 is officially THE LMG

Note : FM 24/29 and Hotchkiss HMG are also used as AAMGs.




AT GUNS

FRENCH INFANTRY ANTI-TANK GUNS

25mm SA34 L/72 and SA-L Mle37 L/77 - in German service : 2.5cm Pak 112(f) and 113(f) -
Rate of fire : 15-30 rpm
Telescopic sight : 4x (lunette de pointage L.711)
Practical AT range : 800-1000m

37mm L/21 TR16 infantry gun - in German service : 3.7cm IG 152(f) -
Rate of fire : 15-30 rpm
Telescopic sight : ?
Range : 2400 m

47mm Mle37 L/53 (SA37 APX) - in German service : 4.7cm Pak 181(f) and 183(f) for the Mle39 L/53 -
Rate of fire : 15-30 rpm
Telescopic sight : 4x
Practical AT range : 800-1000 m
It is the best AT gun in 1940.

75mm L/30 Mle 1897 and Mle97/33 - in German service : FK97(f) and FK231(f) -

FRENCH FORTRESS ANTI-TANK GUNS

25mm Mle34 RF L/43
Rate of fire : 15-30 rpm
Telescopic sight : ?
Practical AT range : 800m

25mm Mle34 RF L/53
Rate of fire : 15-30 rpm
Telescopic sight : ?
Practical AT range : 800m

37mm Mle34 RF L/50
Rate of fire : 15-30 rpm
Telescopic sight : ?
Practical AT range : 800m

47mm Mle34 RF L/50
Rate of fire : 15-30 rpm
Telescopic sight : ?
Practical AT range : 800m

75mm L/30 Mle97/31 RF and L/26 Mle97/33 RF
Rate of fire : 15-30 rpm
Telescopic sight : ?
Practical range : 2000m

75mm L/30 Mle 1897 and Mle97/33 - in German service : FK97(f) and FK231(f) –
Rate of fire : 15-30 rpm
Telescopic sight : ?
Practical range : 2000m

FRENCH ARMORED VEHICLES AND TANKS ARMAMENT

7.5 mm Reibel MAC Mle31
MMG/HMG used in fortifications (twin mounts) and as coaxial or turret MG (AMR-33, Panhard MG) in most of the vehicles.
Caliber : 7,5X54 mm
Barrel length : 600 mm
Capacity : 150 rounds drum magazine
Rate of fire : 750 rpm
V° : 820 m/s
Range : 1000-1500m

13.2 mm Hotchkiss M24/26
HMG used in fortifications (Rhine Maginot Line), vehicles (Laffly AM80, AMR-35 ZDT-1) and in AA versions.
Caliber 13.2x99 mm
Telescopic sight : 2.3x
Rate of fire : 450 rpm
Capacity : 30 rounds magazine
V° : 800 m/s
Range : 2500 m

25mm SA35 L/? (43 or 53 ? an other source gives 47.2) gun - in German service : 2.5cm KwK 121(f) -
Used in the Panhard P-178 (AMD-35), AMR-35 ZT2 and ZT-3
Rate of fire : 15-30 rpm
Telescopic sight : ?
Practical AT range : 800m

37mm SA18 L/21 gun - in German service : 3.7cm KwK 144(f) -Used in the FT-18/18C, Renault R-35, Hotchkiss H-35/38/39, FCM-36, Laffly 50AM, Panhard 165/175 and AMC P16 Mle1929
Rate of fire : 15 rpm
Telescopic sight : 1.5x in R-35, Hotchkiss H-35/38/39 and FCM-36
Practical AT range : 400m

37mm SA38 L/33 - in German service : 3.7cm KwK 143(f) -Used in the Renault R-45, Hotchkiss H-35/38/39 (L)
Rate of fire : 15 rpm
Telescopic sight : 1.5x in R-40, Hotchkiss H-35/38/39 (L)
Practical AT range : 800m

47mm SA34 L/30
Used in the AMC-34, D1, D2 and B1
Rate of fire : 15 rpm
Telescopic sight : 4x
Practical AT range : 800m

47mm SA35 L/34 - in German service : 4.7cm KwK 173(f) -
Used in the AMC-35, D2 (L), B1bis and Somua S-35
Rate of fire : 15 rpm
Telescopic sight : ??? 4x
Practical AT range : 800-1000m

75mm BS (Blockhaus Schneider) L/9.5
Used in FT17 BS
Rate of fire : 15 rpm
Telescopic sight : ???
Practical AT range : 250m

75mm SA35 L/17 - in German service : 4.7cm KwK 251(f) -
B1 and B1bis hull gun
Rate of fire : 15 rpm
Telescopic sight : ???
Practical AT range : 800-1000m

75mm L/30 Mle 1897
FCM-2C main gun
Rate of fire : 15 rpm
Telescopic sight : ???
Practical AT range : 800-1000m

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MORTARS

Mortier de 50 mm Mle 37
This exceedingly light weapon was used by the Germans as the 5cm Granatenwerfer 203f

Mortier de 60 mm Mle 35
Nearly 5000 in French use in 1940. Same design as the American Mortar 60mm M1. Used by second line German units as the 6cm Granatenwerfer 225f. May fire a lighter bomb at lesser effect to double normal range.

Mortier Brandt de 81 mm Mle 1927/1931
This Brandt design was copied and used by almost every army in the world, including the Dutch, Finns, Italians and Yugoslavs.

Type : Medium mortar
Crew : 4 men + 1 NCO
Caliber : 120 mm
Weight in action : 56 kg
ROF : 15 rpm
HE Shell :
Max. Range : 1900 m
Proj. Wt : 3.25 kg (or 6.9 kg for a range of 1000 m)
MV: - m.s-1

Mortier Brandt de 120 mm Mle 1935
Type : Heavy mortar
Crew : 5 men + 1 NCO
Caliber : 120 mm
Weight in action : - kg
ROF : 10-12 rpm
HE Shell :
Max. Range : 7000 m
Proj. Wt : 16.4 kg
MV: - m.s-1

It was also manufactured in Russia under the name 120mm Polkovoy Minomyot Obr.1938g. And this one has later been copied by the germans for their 120 mm mortar. A squad of 2 Mortars was issued in each French infantry regiment in 1940.

Mortier lourd de 220 mm C mle 1916


INFANTRY GUNS

Canon de 37 mm mle 16 TR
In German use it was issued to second line occupation troops as the 3.7cm IG 152(f)
ROF : 15 rpm
Max Range : 2400 m


MOUTAIN ARTILLERY

Canon de 75 M mle 1928 Schneider
also used by Greeks, Poles and in German hands it became the 7.5cm GebK 237(f)
Max Range : 9000 m.

Canon de 105 M mle 1928 Schneider
Max Range : 7850 m.

Canon de 65 M mle 1906
65 mm L20 mle06 Mountain Gun also used by Greeks an Poles. In German service it was known as the 6.5cm GebK 221f and issued to mountain troops.
ROF : 18 rpm
Max Range : 6500 m

Maginot Line and Fortress units

- 50 mm mortar
- 60 mm mortar
- bunker grenade launchers for close combat and protection of the entrances
- FM 24/29
- Mortier de 81 mm mle 32 (Max range : 3600 m)
- Mortier de 135 mm mle 32 (Max range : 5600 m)
- Canon de 75 mm mle 29,31,32 or 33
- some 155mm guns and previous German 100mm guns


Field Artillery of fortress units

- Canon de Bange 120L mle 1877
Max range : 8650 m

- Canon de Bange 155L mle 1877
Max range : 9100 m

- Canon de Bange 155C mle 1881
Max range : 6400 m

- Mortier de Bange de 270 mm mle 1885


AA GUNS

- FM 24/29 in AA role
- 8 mm Hotchkiss single or twin HMG used in AA role
- 13.2 mm Hotchkiss M24/26 twin HMG (range 6600 m)
- 20 mm CA mle 39 Oerlikon
- 25 mm 1938 and 1939 Hotchkiss (range 5000 m V° 900 m/s 200 rpm) (Weapon was intended to have a dual purpose role and AP rounds for anti-tank use were issued.)
- 37 mm L60 mle 29 (range 5300 m) (principally used by the French Navy)
- Canon de 75 CA mle 17/34, mle 30, 32, 33, 36 and 37 (range 8200 m)
- Canon de 90 mm mle 28 (range 6000 m V° 850m/s)
- 40 mm Bofors (30 pieces)

French AA used by the Germans :
2.5 cm Flak Hotchkiss 38
2.5 cm Flak Hotchkiss 39
7.5 cm FK 97(f)
7.5 cm Flak M 17/34(f), M 30(f), M 33(f), M 36(f), M 37(f)
9 cm Flak M 39(f)


FIELD ARTILLERY

Canon de 75 mm Mle 1897
Type : gun
Crew : 6 men + 1 NCO
Caliber : 75 mm
Weight in action : 1140 kg
Weight in travel : 1970 kg
ROF : up to 28 rpm

This is the famous "75". Used by 18 countries including the US (until 1941), UK (1939-40 in small numbers), Poland, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Romania, Finland (48, 12 of which arrived in time for the Winter War), Lithuania & Spain. France had 4500 in service in June 1940, most of which ended in German hands as FK 97(f), 231(f) and 232(f) used for 2nd line troops and fortifications. The FK 97(f) has wheels and is the basic model. The modernized version (with tires) is called FK 231(f) in German service. The 7.5cm FeldKanone 232(f) is the 75mm Mle97/33 AT gun version. In 1942 the Germans converted 600 for anti-tank use (on the PaK 38 carriage) as the 7.5cm PaK97/38 for the eastern front.

Canon de 105 mm C Mle 1935 Bourges
Type : Howitzer
Crew : 6 men + 1 NCO
Caliber : 105 mm
Weight in action : 1627 kg
ROF : 15 rpm
HE Shell :
Max. Range : 10500 m
Proj. Wt : 15.6 kg
MV : 465 m.s-1
Used by Germans under the name 10.5 cm lFH 325 (f)


Canon de 105 mm C Mle 1934 Schneider
Type : Howitzer
Crew : 6 men + 1 NCO
Caliber : 105 mm
Weight in action : 1722 kg
ROF : 15 rpm
HE Shell :
Max. Range : 10500 m
Proj. Wt : 15.6 kg
MV : 465 m.s-1
Used by Germans under the name 10.5 cm lFH 324 (f)


Canon de 105 mm L Mle 1913 Schneider
Type : Field Gun
Crew : 6 men + 1 NCO
Caliber : 105 mm
Weight in action : 2300 kg
ROF : 8 rpm
HE Shell :
Max. Range : 12000 m
Proj. Wt : 15.7 kg
MV : 555 m.s-1
Used by Germans under the name 10.5 cm FK-331 (f)
France (854 in 1940), Germany (2nd line, post 1940), Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Estonia, Poland and Yugoslavia.

Canon de 105 mm L Mle 1936 Schneider
Type : Field Gun
Crew : 6 men + 1 NCO
Caliber : 105 mm
Weight in action : 5100 kg
ROF : 5 rpm
HE Shell :
Max. Range : 16400 m
Proj. Wt : 15.7 kg
MV: 725 m.s-1
Used by Germans under the name 10.5 cm FK-332 (f) (primarily as a coastal gun in the Channel Islands)

Canon de 107 mm Mle 10/12 Schneider
Max Range : 12500 m

Canon de 152 mm Mle 1910 Schneider
Max Range : 12400 m

Canon de 155 mm L Mle 1917 Schneider
ROF : 2 rpm
Max Range 17300 m

Canon de 155 mm C Mle 1917 Schneider
Type : Howitzer
Crew : 10 men
Caliber : 155 mm
Weight in action : 3300 kg
ROF : 3 rpm
HE Shell :
Max. Range : 11900 m
Proj. Wt : 43.6 kg
MV : 450 m.s-1
Also used by the U.S. as the M1917. Spoked wheels with solid rims, single trail, gunshield extends to cover wheels

Canon de 155 mm C Mle 1917 St.Chamond
ROF : 2 rpm
Max Range 21300 m

Canon de 155 mm L Mle 1918 Schneider
ROF : 5 rpm
Max Range : 13600 m

Canon de 155 mm GPF (Grande Puissance FILLIOUX)
Type : Field gun
Crew : 10 men
Caliber : 155 mm
Weight in action : 11200 kg
ROF : 2 rpm
HE Shell :
Max. Range : 18600 m
Proj. Wt : 44.9 kg
MV : 735 m.s-1

Adopted and modified by the US Army, it was then the US 155 mm Long Tom.

Canon de 194 mm GPF (Grande Puissance FILLIOUX)
Type : Tracked field gun (can easily fire at 360°)
Speed : 8-10 km/h
Crew : - men
Caliber : 155 mm
Weight in action : 29600 kg
ROF : 1.2 rpm
HE Shell :
Max. Range : 20800 m
Proj. Wt : 44.9 kg
MV : 725 m.s-1
The companion tractor carries 60 ammunition rounds. Only 50 pieces of this tracked SPA in service in the French army.
A small number of these 194mm armed vehicles survived the years in French service and were captured and used by German forces following France´s defeat in World War Two where it was known as the Sf. Schneider 485 (f).

Canon de 220 mm L Mle 1917 Schneider
ROF : 1 rpm
Max Range : 22800 m

Rail Guns
164 mm
194 mm
240 mm
274 mm
293 mm
305 mm
320 mm
340 mm
370 mm
400 mm
520 mm

AND MANY OTHER WEAPONS ....

David
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Post by K.Kocjancic » 21 Oct 2003 13:18

David, thanks for great post. :D :) :D 8O :D :wink: :) :D

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Re: French Weapons Web-Page

Post by kfbr392 » 15 Jan 2010 23:35

David, do you have a table of the quantity of French weapons and vehicles in service on, let's say, May 9th, 1940?

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Re: French Weapons Web-Page

Post by M19 MADMAL » 19 Jan 2010 21:12

David Lehmann wrote:
Canon de 105 mm L Mle 1913 Schneider
Type : Field Gun
Crew : 6 men + 1 NCO
Caliber : 105 mm
Weight in action : 2300 kg
ROF : 8 rpm
HE Shell :
Max. Range : 12000 m
Proj. Wt : 15.7 kg
MV : 555 m.s-1
Used by Germans under the name 10.5 cm FK-331 (f)
France (854 in 1940), Germany (2nd line, post 1940), Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Estonia, Poland and Yugoslavia.

Canon de 105 mm L Mle 1936 Schneider
Type : Field Gun
Crew : 6 men + 1 NCO
Caliber : 105 mm
Weight in action : 5100 kg
ROF : 5 rpm
HE Shell :
Max. Range : 16400 m
Proj. Wt : 15.7 kg
MV: 725 m.s-1
Used by Germans under the name 10.5 cm FK-332 (f) (primarily as a coastal gun in the Channel Islands)


Hi David,

It was the 10.5cm K331(f) that was primarily used as a coastal defence gun in the Channel Islands (as well as along the rest of the Atlantik Wall) and not the 10.5cm K332(f) of which none were deployed in the Channel Islands.

The photos below show a 10.5cm K331(f) at Stp. Corbiere, Jersey, that I restore 8-)
Regards,
Malcolm :wink:
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