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I am trying to identify which French heavy guns used the "Gros Caliber"  sight/sightmount.  I have an example of it and it is listed in at least one French Artillery manual I have but they do not specify which guns it served. By the way the collimating top is missing. It is not correct for any 75mm, 105mm, 155mm that I know of in French service. Any ideas?  

 

This is the web page:  https://www.lovettartillery.com/French_Heavy_Artillery_sightmount_Sight.html



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The diagram of this sight appears in the manual for the Mortier de 280 sur affût-chenilles (attached) - the Saint-Chamond SPG chassis with

Schneider 280mm howitzer - 25 of these were delivered in 1919.

I haven't found the corresponding manual page for the Schneider 280mm Howitzer but I'd guess the 280mm used the same sight.

I wonder if the US 240mm howitzer used this sight since those were licence built Schneider howitzers.

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Charlie

 

 

 



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Did a bit more digging - the sight for the Schneider 280mm platform howitzer was different from the sight on the 280mm SPG. (manual page attached)

Charlie

 

 



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The sight on the Canon de 194mm GPF SPG was similar to that on the 280mm (manual page attached).

I guess the question is: what other heavy guns used this sight. The Schneider a glissement railway guns used a different sight (checked the manual).

I don't know about the 240mm coastal defence gun which was deployed on a Saint-Chamond platform. The Canon de 220 L Mle 1917 Schneider used a

different sight - very similar to that on the Mortier de 280mm.

Charlie

 

 



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Charlie

This is great information. Thanks so much for sharing this with me.

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