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A bit off-topic, but I hope I might be given some leeway.

Back to Berlin 1945 and the captured Russian/Soviet artillery surrounding the two Mark V tanks in the Lustgarten. I'm pretty sure I've got the 152mm howizer, the 45mm anti-tank, and the 21cm Morser, but the rest need an expert eye. I've numbered the guns for your convenience.

 

 



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The guns don't all seem to be Soviet - there's quite a mixed bag:

1. BL 8inch Mark VI Howitzer (Russia had been given 72 of these howitzers in WW1)

2. Canon de 155 C Mle 1917 Schneider (Could have been a captured Polish or French gun)

3. This is Soviet but is pretty destroyed and is missing the equilibrator cylinders, my guess is either a

152mm M1910/1934 Gun or a later 152mm ML-20 gun/Howitzer

4. The carriage looks British but don't know.

5. 122mm M38 Howitzer

6. Canon de 155 L Mle 1917 Schneider (the gun shield is chewed up and the barrel has collapsed back into the carriage)

7. Same gun - different view

Charlie

 

 



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Blimey. Thank you, Charlie. That's a bit eclectic.

Alerted by your suggestion, I had a look at British stuff. You might well think this is rubbish, but could it be an 18 pounder? I would, though, struggle to explain how it got there.

 

18/25 pounder gun mark1 on mk5 carr - MLU FORUM



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Not an 18 Pounder I think but a 25 Pounder on an early carriage, perhaps a IVP, or an early Vickers carriage. The VP carriage was a split trail design.

Early 25 Pounders were captured with BEF equipment in France 1940. Apparently the Italian Army really liked the 25 Pounder and

asked the Germans in North Africa to reserve any captured guns for them.

The old wooden wheels certainly aren't the originals on the 25 Pounder.

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Number 4 is definitely not British. Looks more like some model of 15cm sFH...

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I've got an image of a badly damaged sFH13 lang where the barrel has collapsed back into the carriage. There are

some similarities but the carriage looks different.

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Yes, exactly, that's why I am not saying its is a sFH 13, just a slightly different model. Possibly the 13/02?

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