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Peter & Paul Fortress

September 20 2004 at 7:17 PM
Emil Hoffmann  (no login)
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Response to Central Artillery Museum, St.Petersburg, Russia - PART 2

I have often schemed to visit there, but alas, it has not been possible.

Please note the last two pieces illustrated are of particular interest to Great War students. The first is a 12,2cm Krupp Model 1909 feldhowitzer. This weapon was built under licence by Putilov after a large number were purchased outright from Krupp before the war. The war, ofcourse, voided any contractual liability to Krupp. An excellent light howitzer, it was held in Korp allocation at the war's beginning, and not part of Divisional TOE until mid-1915. The second weapon is another excellent piece, the 15,2cm Putilov Model 1909. A product of considerable French design assistance. (Note it's close resemblance to the 155mm Mle 1915/17.) Unfortunately, STAVKA held these heavy calibre howitzers in fortress defense initially, where large numbers fell into German hands, and were subsequently pressed into service.

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  1. St Petersburg - Erik Ahlström on Sep 25, 2004, 11:53 AM

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