15 cm Mörser M 80

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15 cm Mörser M 80
Type Heavy howitzer
Place of origin Austria-Hungary
Service history
In service 1885-1918
Used by Austria-Hungary
Wars World War I
Production history
Designed 1882-1885
Specifications
Barrel length 1.2 metres (47 in) L/8

Shell separate-loading, bagged charge
Caliber 149 millimetres (5.9 in)
Breech horizontal flat wedge
Carriage box trail
Elevation ? to +65°
Traverse none
Maximum firing range 3,500 metres (3,800 yd)

The 15 cm Mörser M 80 was a heavy howitzer used by Austria-Hungary in World War I. It had a bronze barrel and was intended for siege work, although it had carriages suitable for both field and siege duties. The siege carriage was a steel sledge-type and was equipped with a hydraulic braking device to help absorb the recoil forces. Two wheels could be attached to the front of the carriage and a limber attached to the rear for transport. The field carriage relied on chock blocks and a rope brake device to absorb the gun's recoil.

The howitzer could only be loaded at low elevations.

References[edit]

  • Ortner, M. Christian. The Austro-Hungarian Artillery From 1867 to 1918: Technology, Organization, and Tactics. Vienna, Verlag Militaria, 2007 ISBN 978-3-902526-13-7
  • Łukasz Chrzanowski "Artyleria Austro-Węgierska 1860-1890" Przemyśl, Wydawnictwo FORT, 2008, ISBN 978-83-923657-7-8