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Legend

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The much-discussed  280mm Schneider Mortar 1914.  According to sources, it was used by France, Russia, Soviet Union, Poland, and Nazi Germany. Which uniform is this? I lean towards Russian, but not entirely convinced.

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Just my opinion, but they are likely Schneider employees. The uniforms appear similar to those worn in other shelf artillery pics from the firm.

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I think you're right - they are Schneider employees doing a PR exercise. Attached is an image of 152mm Putilov gun built by Schneider in 1910 being similarly pimped

- the location is identified by Guy François in GBM #97 as the polygone at Harfleur

I wonder if the Schneider siege howitzer is in fact the 280mm prototype built for the Russians in 1910 and tested in Russia in 1912.

I figured the image couldn't have been the French Army during WW1 - their artillery batteries looked more like a gypsy encampment than a military unit.

Regards,

Charlie

 Later - found another image of a 120mm Schneider howitzer at Harfleur about 1910-11. The uniform seems identical to the other images.


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On the topic of 280mm Schneider howitzers at Le Havre-Harfleur I found a couple of images of the assembly

shops for the howitzers. The process certainly isn't based on anything Ford was doing in the US. 

Regards,

Charlie

 



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