Object Title

77 mm field gun and carriage - 77 mm Model 1896 RBL

77 mm field gun and carriage - 77 mm Model 1896 RBL

Date

1915

Object Number

XIX.276

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

The breech mechanism is of sliding wedge type; the breech-block is preserved but the firing pin and firing lever are missing. The breech is marked with the letters BR and with Nr.366, probably the serial number. The barrel is rifled with thirty two grooves. Fixed ammunition was used. The gun is mounted on a cradle containing the recoil system which is of hydraulic type with spring return. The gun and recoil cradle have a pivot mounting on the axle which is connected to the traversing gear beneath the breech. A handwheel on the left side operates the elevating gear. The sight is mounted on a bracket on the left side of the cradle and consists of a curved sight scale on which is mounted a collimator and above which is the socket for a panoramic sight, now missing. The gun is fitted with a shield and with two axle tree seats. The brakes are a combination of normal brake shoes and cables working on drums on the inner side of the wheel-hubs.

Dimensions

Wheeldiameter53in.
Wheeldiameter1350mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 366 (?)

Calibre

3.03 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Nr.6408 Fr. Kp. 1915 Fr. Kp. 6

Associations

Places Germany

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, P.135.

Notes

The 'Feldkanone 1896 Neuer Art' was developed from the F.K.96 in 1906, the main alterations consisting of the adoption of a breech of Erhardt design, a lengthened recoil system and new sights. The F.K.96 N/A was an excellent field gun and was extensively employed by the German Army in the First World War.