|15 cm sFH 02|
A German 15 cm sFH 02 howitzer from 1917
|Type||Heavy field howitzer|
|Place of origin||German Empire|
|In service||1903 - 1918|
|Used by||German Empire|
|Wars||World War I|
|Weight||2,035 kg (4,486 lb)|
|Barrel length||1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Height||1.23 m (4 ft)|
|Shell||40.5 kg (89 lb)|
|Caliber||149.1 mm (5.87 in)|
|Elevation||0° to +45°|
|Muzzle velocity||325 m/s (1,070 ft/s)|
|Maximum range||7,450 m (8,150 yd)|
The 15 cm schwere Feldhaubitze 1902 was a German heavy field howitzer introduced in 1903 and which served in World War I.
Design and history
It was the first artillery piece to use a modern recoil system in the German Army. Some 416 were in service at the beginning of the war. Its mobility, which allowed it to be deployed as medium artillery, and fairly heavy shell gave the German army a firepower advantage in the early battles in Belgium and France in 1914 as the French and British armies lacked an equivalent.
Weapons of comparable role, performance and era
- 15 cm schwere Feldhaubitze M 94: Austro-Hungarian equivalent
- BL 6 inch 30 cwt howitzer: British equivalent
- 6 inch field howitzer M-1908 : approximate US equivalent
- Jäger, p. 29
- Farndale 1986, page 59
- General Sir Martin Farndale, History of the Royal Regiment of Artillery. Western Front 1914–1918. The Royal Artillery Institution, 1986. ISBN 1-870114-00-0.
- Jäger, Herbert. German Artillery of World War One. Ramsbury, Marlborough, Wiltshire: Crowood Press, 2001. ISBN 1-86126-403-8.
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