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KuK 38 cm Howitzer captured at Verdun
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Dannevoux. January 31, 1919 ) near Verdun(
This Howitzer is of 38 cm caliber and was manufactured in Pilsen, Austria in 1917. It was captured September 26 by the 319th Infantry 80th Division. In destroying the gun before leaving the recoil was unfastened and a charge exploded which threw the base cap weighing 2 tons over 300 yards and the breach block through a 2 foot stone wall. The gun is to go to West Point, U.S.A. The gun had a compass bearing (magnetic) S 31° E and was used to fire on Verdun.

It looks to me that this howitzer is the same model as found in Vienna museum see my article

 

Photo Collection: Capt. William Perkins Hazelgrove Collection - WWI
(80th Division HQ)

https://www.80thdivision.com/photos/Hazelgrove/Hazelgrove.html



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I was curious what was in the collection of images pointed to by the link. Came across an image with a 21cm Mörser and 15cm Kanone.

Something went "ping" in my memory - bit of digging and the Mörser with the busted recoil system may have survived at Spring Green, Wisconsin.

Can't find any obvious documentation about the Spring Green Mörser but visually it could be. 

There are more Spring Green images at: https://warmemorials.us/artillery/21cm_m1916_spring_green.html

Charlie

 



-- Edited by CharlieC on Saturday 7th of October 2023 08:35:27 PM

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