I need help for Id. heavy gun

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karlik
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Re: I need help for Id. heavy gun

Postby karlik » 07 Jan 2018 20:04


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Re: I need help for Id. heavy gun

Postby CharlieC » 07 Jan 2018 23:28

I didn't know anything about this gun but reposted it to the Landships forum. One of that forum's members
"mad zeppelin" came back with:

"One experimental battery tested 1917/18 in France. Results positive, gun was hitting farther, harder and more precisely than FK 16. Plans to introduce 50 batteries not executed because of deteriorating supply situation in 1918. All four guns lost because of shell failures in 1918.

Explosive load of shell: 1.095 kg. Range: 8,700 m/9,900 m (shrapnel)/11,200 m (chemical).

The data above refers to the L/30 model. The L/31 model was ready for testing at the end of the war but wasn't and had to be destroyed on order of the Entente powers. One battery of four guns and two reserve guns had been constructed. Range: 10,000 m/ 9,500 m shrapnel/ 11,000 m chemical shell"

I've asked about the calibre - I'd guess it's more likely it was actually 8.8cm.

So the idea behind the British 25 Pounder gun/howitzer of WW2 had already been explored in WW1.

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Charlie

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Re: I need help for Id. heavy gun

Postby CharlieC » 08 Jan 2018 00:18

Mad Zeppelin replied:

"88 was my first suspicion as well, but Muther says it was 90 mm"

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Charlie

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Re: I need help for Id. heavy gun

Postby Sturm78 » 11 Jan 2018 21:38

Thank you for your help, karlik and CharlieC... :wink:


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Re: I need help for Id. heavy gun

Postby CharlieC » 12 Jan 2018 01:34

As you probably know Rheinmetall had to disguise its activities after WW1 by operating through companies outside Germany - Solothurn in Switzerland and HiH in Holland were two of these. Solothurn sold an 88mm field artillery design to the Chinese in the 1920s. Some of this design were built as the Liao Type 18 88mm field gun - one of these survives in the Museum of the PLA in Beijing - it looks suspiciously like the Rheinmetall 9cm gun.

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Charlie


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