|7.7 cm Feldkanone 96|
A FK 96 a.A. on parade, probably before 1907.
|Place of origin||German Empire|
|Used by||German Empire|
|Wars||World War I|
|Variants||7.7 cm FK 96 n.A.|
|Weight||919 kilograms (2,026 lb)|
|Barrel length||2.15 metres (7 ft 1 in)|
|Shell||separate-loading, cased charge|
|Caliber||77 mm (3 in)|
|Breech||horizontal sliding block|
|Rate of fire||8 rpm|
|Muzzle velocity||465 m/s (1,525 ft/s)|
The 7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 (7.7 cm FK 96) was a field gun used by Germany before World War I. It was a thoroughly conventional gun, being a modernized version of Krupp's FK 73 gun, but failed to incorporate any recoil system other than a partially effective spade brake, and fired a 12 pound projectile. Thus it was rendered obsolete when the French introduced their Canon de 75 modèle 1897 the following year. Most guns were rebuilt to modern standards (only the barrel was retained) in 1904 as the 7.7 cm FK 96 n.A. (neuer Art) [new model] which served throughout World War I as one of Germany's main light field guns. The remaining unmodified guns were then known as the 7.7 cm FK 96 a.A. (alte Art or old model).
See also[edit | edit source]
- C64 (field gun), roughly its predecessor in the Franco-Prussian and Second Schleswig War.
Weapons of comparable role, performance and era[edit | edit source]
- Ordnance BL 15 pounder, British equivalent
References[edit | edit source]
- Jäger, Herbert. German Artillery of World War One. Ramsbury, Marlborough, Wiltshire: Crowood Press, 2001 ISBN 1-86126-403-8
- Ortner, M. Christian. The Austro-Hungarian Artillery From 1867 to 1918: Technology, Organization, and Tactics. Vienna, Verlag Militaria, 2007 ISBN 978-3-902526-13-7
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