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WW1 Artillery

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 5/17/2014

Despite the advent of armored vehicles, bomber aircraft and portable machine guns, the old-fashioned artillery piece reigned supreme in World War 1.

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As in wars prior, artillery of WW1 was a prerequisite for battlefield success. Artillery proved the number one threat to infantry and tanks alike and came in several light, medium and heavy forms. Additionally, field guns served in the direct line-of-sight role while mortars and howitzers allowed for indirect fire support. Any gun type fired shrapnel or high-explosive rounds at range - the most popular field gun proving to be the 75mm French Model 1897 which brought about use of an integrated recoil mechanism allowing for successive shots without the gun having to be relaid. However, the stalemate that was trench warfare soon limited the benefits of line-of-sight weapons until the breakthroughs later in the war.


There are a total of 22 WW1 Artillery Systems in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1916
10.5-cm leFH 16
When the once-fluid fronts of World War 1 degraded into trench warfare, all sides sought methods for dislodging the entrenche...
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1917
15cm Kanone 16 (15cm K16)
Field guns of all types were used by all sides in World War 1 in an attempt to break down fortifications and dislodge enemy ...
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1914
15cm sFH 13 (15cm schwere Feldhaubitze 13)
The sFH 13 series heavy field howitzer was of German origin and saw combat throughout World War 1 and even into World War 2. ...
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1918
21cm / 24cm Paris-Geschutz (Paris Gun)
The "Paris Gun" was one of Germany's several "big guns" featured during World War 1. It was originally a 380mm gun barrel (38...
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1911
30.5cm Belagerungsmorser (Schlanke Emma)
While much of the heavy artillery fanfare of World War 1 (1914-1918) goes to the German Empire's "Big Bertha" and similar hea...
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1914
42cm Type M-Gerat 14 L/12 (Big Bertha)
The Big Bertha was a German initiative set into action before World War 1 (1914-1918). The Germans, like their counterparts i...
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1915
6-Inch 26 cwt
The 6-inch 26 cwt howitzer was developed during World War 1 and was still in service at the beginning of World War 2. These w...
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1916
7.7cm Feldkanone 16 (FK16)
The Imperial German Army adopted the 7.7cm FK 96 field gun in 1896 though this system was almost immediately made obsolete wi...
Thumbnail picture of the 7.7cm Feldkanone 16 (FK16)

1896
7.7cm Feldkanone 96 (FK96)
Artillery firepower still reigned supreme over the battlefields of World War 1 despite the arrival of the aircraft and the "t...
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1913
Cannone da 65/17 modello 13
In 1913, the Italian Army adopted a 65mm towed mountain gun artillery system intended for its specially trained mountain infa...
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1906
Cannone da 75/27 modello 06
Prior to World War 1, the Italian Army obtained a license production deal with the German concern of Krupp, makers of many ty...
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1913
Canon de 105 mle 1913 Schneider (L13S)
The Canon de 105 mle 1913 Schneider was a French artillery development with origins in a Russian Army 107mm design. Prior to ...
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1917
Canon de 155 C modele 1917 Schneider
The Canon de 155 C modele 1917 Schneider was a standardized French Army heavy field howitzer receiving its baptism of fire in...
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1917
Canon de 155 GPF mle 1917
Looking to fulfill a long-range heavy artillery requirement during World War 1 (1914-1918), the French undertook development ...
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1897
Canon de 75 modele 1897
One of the finest artillery pieces of her time and the first "true" modern artillery system adopted by a national army was th...
Thumbnail picture of the Canon de 75 modele 1897

1917
Gun Carrier Mark 1
For all intents and purposes, the Gun "Carrier Mark 1" became the world's first self-propelled artillery (SPA) system. This s...
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1918
M1918 155 GPF
The 155mm (6.10 in) field gun was originally designed and built by France during World War I under the direction of one Colo...
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1918
Navy Gun Car 14-Inch
The Navy Gun Car mounted a single ex-U.S. Navy 14" (360mm) /50 caliber main gun to an armored railway car. Some thirteen such...
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1905
Type 38 75mm
The Type 38 Field Gun of the Imperial Japanese Army held origins dating back to a German Krupp design. Local-license producti...
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