C64 (field gun)

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Illustration of the wedge lock of a C64.[1]
Side view of the closure of a C64
Section through the closure of a double wedge C64

The Krupp C64 (sometimes C/64) steel, breech loaded field gun (8cm caliber, 4 pound projectile, 3800m range)[2] was one of the main artillery pieces of the Prussians in the 1870-1871 war with France. It was superior to the French counterparts in every way: accuracy, rate of fire, range and reliability of the fuse.[3][2]

The C64 was the sole gun of the horse artillery units. Each unit comprised three batteries, each battery was equipped with six C64 guns, for a total of eighteen guns per unit. The foot artillery units had an equal mixture of C64 and the heavier C67 (six pounder gun).[4]

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  1. ^ Sauer, K.Th.von (1869). Atlas zum Grundriss der Waffenlehre. Munich: Literarisch-artistische Anstalt. 
  2. ^ a b Bruce I. Gudmundsson (1993). On Artillery -. p. 1. Retrieved 2016-09-13.  – via Questia (subscription required)
  3. ^ Michael Solka; Darko Pavlović (2004). German Armies 1870-71 (1): Prussia. Osprey Publishing. p. 41. ISBN 978-1-84176-754-3. 
  4. ^ Michael Solka; Darko Pavlović (2004). German Armies 1870-71 (1): Prussia. Osprey Publishing. p. 39. ISBN 978-1-84176-754-3. 

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