6-inch field howitzer M-1908
|6 inch Field Howitzer Model of 1908|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Used by||United States|
|Wars||World War I|
|Weight||3906 kg (8,611 lbs)|
|Shell||120 pounds (54 kg), separate loading, bag charge with brass obturation case|
|Calibre||6 in (152.4 mm)|
|Elevation||-5° to 40°|
|Muzzle velocity||900 feet per second (270 m/s)|
|Maximum firing range||6,700 yards (6,125 m) (40° max elevation)|
The 6 inch Field Howitzer, Model of 1908 was the standard American heavy howitzer before World War I. Approximately one hundred of these weapons had been produced before 1917 and all were employed for training stateside. For combat use in France Canon de 155 C mle 1917 Schneider were purchased. All surviving weapons were retired during the 1920s.
It is unusual among American-designed field artillery weapons in that it has the recoil cylinder situated above the barrel. The 4.7-inch howitzer M1908/M1912 shared this feature. The 75 mm Gun M1917 also had this, but is based on the British Ordnance QF 18-pounder.
Weapons of comparable role, performance and era
- 15 cm sFH 02 approximate German equivalent
- Photos of 4.7-inch howitzer M1912 preserved in Algoma, Wisconsin
- Schreier Jr., Konrad F., "U.S. Army Field Artillery Weapons 1866-1917", Military Collector & Historian, 1968, pp. 40-45
- Handbook 1917, pp. 22-23
- Ordnance Corps, United States Army (1917). Handbook of the 6-inch Howitzer Materiel, Model of 1908 and 1908MI. Washington: Government Printing Office.
- 108th Field Artillery (1918). Field Artilleryman's Guide, 3 inch Gun, 4.7 and 6 inch Howitzer, Second Edition. Philadelphia: P. Blakiston's Son & Co.
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