15cm sFH36 howitzer

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15cm sFH36 howitzer

Post by Sturm78 » 13 Nov 2008 18:08

Hi all,

Has someone wartime photos of 15cm sFH36 german howitzer?
I know very few pictures of this model and they all seem taken after the German surrender in 1945.


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Re: 15cm sFH36 howitzer

Post by s.pak » 16 Nov 2008 23:37

hi Sturm,
Your photo is not one 15cm sFH 36 but a 15cm SFH 18/40 (later 42)
The 15cm sFH 36 was not produced, only 46 barrels of this are produced and mounted on sFH 18 carriages. this hybrid gun to be know as 15cm sFH 18/40, later 15cm sFh 42.
Here are two photos of my personal collection of 15cm sFH 18/40 in wartime period.

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regards patrick

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Re: 15cm sFH36 howitzer

Post by Sturm78 » 17 Nov 2008 10:54

Thank you very much for your photos, s.pak :D

I think however that the gun of my picture is a sFH36 howitzer. I think that 15cm sFH 36 was manufactured in series too.

In the book "German Artillery of WW2" of Ian V. Hogg there are a series of photographs of sFH36, and coincide with the gun of my photo. (I'm sorry but my scanner is knockout :cry: ). According to this book, the production of sFH36 ceased in 1942, because the shortage of light alloys and the increasing mechanisation of the German army.

The 15cm sFH36 is a version towed by horses with the barrel shorter (3805mm) and lighter than 15cm sFH18 (4495mm).

According to the books "German Artillery of WW2" and "German Heavy Field Artillery 1934-1945" of Joachim Engelmann,
the 15cm sFH40 was not produced in series, "only 46 barrels of this are produced and mounted on sFH 18 carriages. this hybrid gun to be know as 15cm sFH 18/40, later 15cm sFh 42". The length of the tube of 15cm sFH40 and sH18/40 (same barrel) was of 4875mm.

The length of the barrels of the guns of your photos seem a lot shorter. I think that the howitzers of your photos are 15cm sFH36.

The limber of the gun from my picture is clearly for horse-drawn and is different to that which appears on your photos.
I think that your second picture is a 15cm sFH36 with a limber of 15cm sFH18.

More views??

Regards Sturm78.

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Re: 15cm sFH36 howitzer

Post by Fritzfix » 30 Nov 2008 20:58

Not to steal away from the initial point of this inquiry, however I'd like to ask if the 15cm was used in the N. African campaign by the DAK? Most extant photos seem to suggest that they were primarily used in the Eastern and Western theaters.

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Re: 15cm sFH36 howitzer

Post by Manuferey » 02 Jul 2016 19:08

I found the following picture on Wikipedia. It is recorded as a 15 cm sFH 36 at the Wehrtechnisches Museum in Koblenz:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Cate ... sFH_36.jpg

Emmanuel

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