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8-inch Howitzer photo from American Machinist

As part of compiling my sources from American Machinist, I found this photo on page 876 of Volume 49 (November 14, 1918 publishing date- found from this source):

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I have no idea what this howitzer is, or if it is even a real photo/illustration (it might be just an error and it's a 6-inch Model 1908).  It seems identical to a Model 1908 except for the bigger/thicker trail and the extra cylinder above the recuperator.

-- Edited by AN5843 on Tuesday 7th of April 2020 02:43:29 PM


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The photo's been heavily retouched, so I wouldn't take the image as being an accurate rendition!



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The Field Artillery Journal URL is (P.8):

The calibre is 7.6inch or 193mm 

The FA journal also notes a 9.2inch siege howitzer under development

The 7.6inch howitzer seems to have been an Ordnance Dept project since:

"Before the war (US perspective) in 1916 Midvale Steel (who were contracted to build 8-inch Vickers howitzers for the British) was asked about

supplying 8-inch howitzers as a substitute for the department's projected 7.6inch design. In June 1917, rights to manufacture were negotiated 

and orders for eighty (8-inch Vickers) were placed."

Williford "American Breechloading Mobile Artillery 1875-1953" 2016 Schiffer Publishing

The () are my comments to help with context.


I think the 9.2-inch siege howitzer project went the same way since Bethlehem Steel was building the British 9.2-inch howitzer Mark I and 

this was also supplied to the AEF in France. The US Army was also committed to the 240mm Schneider howitzer as a longer term project so it looks

as if the US designed 9.2-inch was never going anywhere.


The small gun in the image seems to be the 2.95inch Vickers mountain gun designed by Maxim-Nordenfeld in 1896 - these were built under licence in the

USA and served until WW2.




-- Edited by CharlieC on Friday 10th of April 2020 01:17:17 AM

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