7.7 cm FK 96

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7.7 cm Feldkanone 96
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A FK 96 a.A. on parade, probably before 1907.
Type Field gun
Place of origin German Empire
Service history
Used by German Empire
Wars World War I
Production history
Designer Krupp
Manufacturer Krupp
Variants 7.7 cm FK 96 n.A.
Specifications
Weight 919 kilograms (2,026 lb)
Barrel length 2.15 metres (7 ft 1 in)
Diameter 77 mm

Shell separate-loading, cased charge
Caliber 77 mm (3 in)
Breech horizontal sliding block
Carriage fixed trail
Rate of fire 8 rpm
Muzzle velocity 465 m/s (1,525 ft/s)
Filling picric acid

The 7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 (7.7 cm FK 96) was a field gun used by Germany before World War I.

History[edit]

It was a thoroughly conventional gun, being a modernized version of Krupp's FK 73 gun, but failed to incorporate any recoil system other than a partially effective spade brake, and fired a 12 pound projectile. Thus it was rendered obsolete when the French introduced their Canon de 75 modèle 1897 the following year. Most guns were rebuilt to modern standards (only the barrel was retained) in 1904 as the 7.7 cm FK 96 n.A. (neuer Art) [new model] which served throughout World War I as one of Germany's main light field guns. The remaining unmodified guns were then known as the 7.7 cm FK 96 a.A. (alte Art or old model).

A number of 7.7 cm Feldkanone C/96 (FK 96 a/A) guns were sold to the Boer republic of Transvaal. These guns were used against the British in the Second Boer War between 1899 and 1902.

See also[edit]

  • C64 (field gun), roughly its predecessor in the Franco-Prussian and Second Schleswig War.

Weapons of comparable role, performance and era[edit]

References[edit]

  • Jäger, Herbert. German Artillery of World War One. Ramsbury, Marlborough, Wiltshire: Crowood Press, 2001 ISBN 1-86126-403-8
  • 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

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