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Canon de 85 modèle 1927 Schneider
War Museum Athens - Schneider field gun - 6744.jpg
At the War Museum in Athens
Type field gun
Place of origin France
Service history
In service 1927-1941
Used by  Greece
Wars World War II
Production history
Designer Schneider
Manufacturer Schneider
Weight 1,985 kilograms (4,376 lb)
Barrel length 2.96 metres (9 ft 9 in) L/34.8

Shell 10 kilograms (22 lb)
Caliber 85 mm (3.34 in)
Carriage split trail
Elevation -6° to +65°
Traverse 54°
Muzzle velocity 670 m/s (2,198 ft/s)
Maximum range 15,150 metres (16,570 yd)

The Canon de 85 modèle 1927 Schneider (Greek: Πεδινό Πυροβόλο Σνάιντερ 85χιλ. (υπόδειγμα 1925)) was a field gun used by Greece during World War II. After the occupation of Greece, the Germans allotted this gun the designation of 8.5 cm Kanonehaubitze 287(g), but it is unknown if they actually used them themselves.

It appears to have been the inspiration for the Japanese 75 mm Type 90 Field Gun. After the Versailles Treaty, the Japanese switched to the French Schneider company, and purchased numerous examples for test and evaluation. With an Army rearmament program starting in 1931, a new 75 mm field gun loosely based on the Canon de 85 modèle 1927 Schneider[1][2] was introduced, known as the Type 90 75 mm Field Gun.[3]

The Schneider 85 mm gun in action during the Greco-Italian War.



  1. Tomczyk, Andrzej. Japanese Armor Vol. 4, p. 3
  2. History of War
  3. Mayer, S. L. The Rise and Fall of Imperial Japan, pp. 57-59
  • Chamberlain, Peter & Gander, Terry (1975). Light and Medium Field Artillery. New York: Arco.

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