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GPF 194mm

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



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.


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Taken on April 14, 2008