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GPF 194mm

3/4 front view of a French Canon de 194mle GPF sur Chenilles (FMAR1013 C1).

 

France

Canon de 194mle GPF sur Chenilles

(Tracked 194 mm Howitzer Carraige)

Initial Production 1938

Combat Weight 32.6 Tons

 

This World War I vintage 194mm heavy field howitzer could hurl a 174-pound projectile to a maximum range of 27,750 yards. In order to make this piece more mobile, the French mounted the howitzer on a tracked carraige. A heavy tractor towed the howitzer and its carraige 5mph on roads and 1.9 mph cross-country. An electric engine in the carraige powered the elevation and traversing of the gun. The engine was powered by a generator carried in an accompanying vehicle. It is uncertain whether the French ever used these howitzers in combat before they were captured by the Germans in 1940. A Technical Intelligence Team captured this howitzer in a German vehicle park near Paris, France in 1944.

 

For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_de_194_mle_GPF

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Taken on April 14, 2008