Military Factory logo
Icon of F-15 Eagle military combat fighter aircraft
Icon of Abrams Main Battle Tank
Icon of navy warships
Icon of AK-47 assault rifle

9cm Feldkanone M75/96

90mm Towed Field Gun

The 9cm Feldkanone M75/96 series field gun of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was featured in the fighting of World War 1.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 5/10/2017
National Flag Graphic


Year: 1898
Manufacturer(s): State Arsenals - Austria-Hungary
Production: 400
Capabilities: Fire Support/Assault/Breaching;
Crew: 6
Length: 6.73 ft (2.05 m)
Weight: 1 tons (1,085 kg); 2,392 lb
Power: None. This is a towed artillery piece.
Range: 3 miles (5 km)
Operators: Austria-Hungary
The Austro-Hungarian Army relied on a vast collection of artillery systems for its part in World War 1 (1914-1918). Many of these were pulled from the previous century and some modernized for the rigors of the new battlefield. Such was the case with the 9cm Feldkanone M75/96 (9cm FK M75/96), a 90mm system first appearing in 1875 and modernized in 1896. It was adopted in 1898 and fought into the war's last days in 1918.

The stock of M75 guns on hand has new barrels made which were still of bronze but engineers to a higher tolerance. A breech-loaded weapon (loaded from the rear of the barrel tube), the new weapon instituted a lock at the touch hole to add some security for the gunnery crew when handling ammunition and propellant near heat sources. A spring-based spade arrangement, designed to be dug into the terrain, was added to provide a better recoil action and reduce re-sighting times for the weapon. A lever at the carriage gave the crew the option to lower or raise the gun's mounting when doing combat on uneven terrain or in the mountains. Overall weight became 2,400 pounds with a barrel measuring 6.8 feet long. Its official caliber was 87mm (3.4 inches).

As a field gun, the M75/96 was primarily a line-of-sight weapon that fired its projectile along a relatively low trajectory. Performance was consistent with the period, featuring a maximum range out to 6,600 yards when using the standard HE (High-Explosive) projectile while effective ranges were closer to 5,500 yards. Muzzle velocity of the outgoing shells was 1,400 feet per second and a rate-of-fire of six rounds-per-minute could be reached. Transport was by mover vehicle or "beast of burden" with ammunition supplied from accompanying carriers. Some examples eventually fitted a gun shield which added some local, albeit light, protection for the crew.


1 x 90mm gun barrel

Dependent upon ammunition carrier.

Variants / Models

• 9cm Feldkanone M75/96 - Base Series Name
Site Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Cookies  |  Site Map Site content ©2003-, All Rights Reserved.

The "Military Factory" name and logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT

Part of a network of sites that includes, GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world, and, the World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft.

Facebook Logo YouTube Logo