Military Factory

World War 1 Artillery (1914-1918)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/14/2015

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





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 (31) World War 1 Artillery (1914-1918) 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... [Read More]
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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 fortificat... [Read More]
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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 an... [Read More]
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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 original... [Read More]
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1916
21cm Morser 16 (21cm Mrs 16)
Due to the particular time period in history and the nature of trench warfare in general, artillery ... [Read More]
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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 "Bi... [Read More]
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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, ... [Read More]
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1877
42-Line Field Gun Model 1877
Like other global powers that committed to World War 1 (1914-1918), the Imperial Russian Army went i... [Read More]
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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 beginnin... [Read More]
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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 imm... [Read More]
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1896
7.7cm Feldkanone 96 (FK96)
Artillery firepower still reigned supreme over the battlefields of World War 1 despite the arrival o... [Read More]
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1900
76mm Gun Model 1900 (M1900)
By the end of the 19th Century, the Imperial Russian Army was looking to upgrade a growingly obsolet... [Read More]
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1898
9cm Feldkanone M75/96
The Austro-Hungarian Army relied on a vast collection of artillery systems for its part in World War... [Read More]
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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 specia... [Read More]
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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... [Read More]
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1916
Canon d Infanterie de 37 Modele 1916 TRP (37mm mle 1916)
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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 Arm... [Read More]
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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 receivi... [Read More]
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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 Fren... [Read More]
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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 ... [Read More]
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1917
Gun Carrier Mark 1
For all intents and purposes, the Gun "Carrier Mark 1" became the world's first self-propelled artil... [Read More]
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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 ... [Read More]
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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 railwa... [Read More]
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1916
Ordnance BL 12-inch (Rail)
Because of the proliferation of heavily-fortified structures relied upon by all sides of World War 1... [Read More]
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1916
Ordnance BL 12-inch (Towed)
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1915
Ordnance BL 12-inch Gun Mk IX
Many of the primary players of World War 1 (1914-1918) fielded some sort of railway artillery - this... [Read More]
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1905
Ordnance BL 60-Pounder Gun
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1915
Ordnance BL 9.2-inch
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1904
Ordnance QF 18-Pounder
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1887
Ordnance QF 4.7-Inch
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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 desig... [Read More]
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