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Fort Sill in Comanche County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

German M1916 77mm Light Field Gun

7.7cm leichte Feld Kanone 1916

 
 
German M1916 77mm Light Field Gun Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 9, 2021
1. German M1916 77mm Light Field Gun Marker
Inscription.  The M1916 was an improved version of the heavily used M1896 77mm Field Gun. Because of the greatly increased use of indirect fire in World War I, the M1916 featured the 77mm Gun on the carriage of the M1916 Light Field Howitzer. This increased the maximum elevation from a mere 15 degrees to 40 degrees. The M1916 also had a longer barrel and a separate loading propellant, which added 2,900 yards to the gun's maximum range. The separate propellant came in two bags with the greater charge containing more powder than previous rounds. The M1916 equaled the capabilities of the French 75mm and out-performed the Russian 76.2mm Gun. Forward of the splinter shield, the M1916 still featured seats and foot rests for two cannoneers to ride on when the gun was moved. The l.FK16 was produced by a number of manufacturers resulting in a total production of 3,020 guns.

Caliber - 3.03 in. - 77 mm
Weight - 2,783 lbs. - 1,262 kg
Range - 10,700 yds. - 9,784 m
Shell Weight - 15 lbs. - 6.85 kg
Muzzle Velocity - 1,806 ft/sec. - 550 m/sec.
Elevation - (- 12 to + 40 degrees) - (- 213 to + 711 mils)
Traverse - 7 degrees -
The German M1916 77mm Light Field Gun and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 9, 2021
2. The German M1916 77mm Light Field Gun and Marker
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124 mils
Rate of Fire - 10 rpm
CNN# 127019
 
Erected by U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum. (Marker Number 71.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World I.
 
Location. 34° 39.99′ N, 98° 23.046′ W. Marker is in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in Comanche County. Marker is at the intersection of Corral Road and Randolph Road, on the right when traveling west on Corral Road. The marker is located in the eastern section of Artillery Park at the U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Sill OK 73503, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. German 100mm Gun, M1917 (here, next to this marker); German 170mm Medium Mine Projector, M1916 (Old Pattern) (here, next to this marker); German 250mm Heavy Mine Projector (old model) (a few steps from this marker); Austro-Hungarian 76.5mm Field Gun, M1917 (a few steps from this marker); French M1917 150mm Trench Mortar (a few steps from this marker); Austro-Hungarian 100mm Light Field Howitzer M1914/17 (a few steps from this marker); Soviet M1939 76.2mm Field Gun (a few steps from this marker); French Saint Chamond 194mm GPF Gun (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Sill.
 
More about this marker. Marker and Museum are located on Fort Sill, an active U.S. military installation. The museum is open to the public, but appropriate identification is required for access for Fort Sill.
 
Also see . . .  U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum
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. (Submitted on March 6, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 6, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 6, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 84 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 6, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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