15 cm heavy field howitzer (15 cm sFH 13) – kurz –

These photos were taken at the Military Museum in Bucharest, Romania

The 15 cm schwere Feldhaubitze 13 (15 cm sFH 13) was a heavy field howitzer used by Germany in World War I and World War II.

Designer Krupp. Designed 1913. Manufacturer Krupp, Rheinmetall, Spandau
Produced 1913-1918

Variants were the original “kurz” (L/14 – 14 caliber short barrel version); later lg. sFH13 with a longer barrel; and lg. sFH13/02 with modifications to simplify wartime manufacture of the lg. sFH.

The British referred to these and their shells as “5 point 9″s or “5 9″s as the bore was 5.9 inches (150 mm). The ability of these guns to deliver mobile heavy firepower close to the frontline gave the Germans a major firepower advantage on the Western Front early in World War I, as the French and British lacked an equivalent. It was not until late 1915 that the British began to deploy their own 6 inch 26 cwt howitzer.

Guns turned over to Belgium and the Netherlands as reparations after World War I were taken into Wehrmacht service after the conquest of the Low Countries as the 15 cm sFH 409(b) and 406(h) respectively.

Source: Wikipedia

Technical specifications:
MODEL: 1913
CALIBRE:150 mm
RANGE: 8800 m
WEIGHT: 2140 kg

It served in the German Heavy Artillery.
It was captured by the Romanian Army during the First World War.

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