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This might be an old one, but these look like Belgians, WWI rather than WWII. Anyone identify the gun? They seem to have more than one.

 

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The weapon in the picture is a Belgian 76mm FRC (Fonderie Royale de Canons) mortar, which was assigned (at a rate of one eight-piece company per regiment) to most Belgian infantry regiments mobilized at the start of World War I.

Though officially designated as a 'mortar' (mortier), this weapon could also be described as infantry gun. That is, it was capable of both high-angle fire (in the manner of a classic mortar) or low-angle fire (in the manner of an infantry gun.)

The picture in the message that starts this thread shows the piece in 'infantry gun mode'.

The following website provides additional photos, including a shot of the piece in 'mortar mode'.

Pictures of FRC mortar

-- Edited by Trossknecht at 15:39, 2007-06-18

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That's fantastic. I was beginning to lose hope after so long without any response.

Although it has a WWI look about it, it appears to be WWII vintage, after all.

Thanks for a good spot.

-- Edited by James H at 04:45, 2007-06-18

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My last post has an error. I wrote "World War I" where I wanted to write "World War II."

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