Bristol in Hartford County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Dedicated to the Memory of Our Fallen Comrades
Of Our Fallen Comrades
And Presented to the City of Bristol By
Harold F. Emmett Post No. 994
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Of The United States.
July 17, 1926
Erected 1926 by Harold F. Emmett Post No. 994 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Location. 41° 40.187′ N, 72° 56.184′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker is at the intersection of Memorial Boulevard and Mellen Street, on the right when traveling west on Memorial Boulevard. Touch for map. Located on the breech of the captured German howitzer on display near the WW I Monument in Memorial Boulevard Park. Marker is in this post office area: Bristol CT 06010, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bristol WW I Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial Boulevard Commemoration (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bristol Veterans Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bristol World War II - Korean War Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hiker Veterans Memorial Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Bristol World War I Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristol.
More about this marker. German Howitzer Cannon 105mm - This cannon was presented to the city of Bristol by the Harold F. Emmett Post on July 17, 1926. This cannon was built in Germany in 1906 and captured by U.S. forces during WWI. U.S. Navy Admiral Herbert O. Dunn addressed the crowd of city officials, residents and Veterans along the Boulevard. He said "Long may it remain to teach a lesson to the coming generation, to stimulate in their young minds the heroic virtues of their fathers." Most World War I deaths and wounds were caused by artillery fire. Krupp industries in Germany was the main producer of was materials in both WW I and WW II. The 105mm Howitzer was manned in battle by six artillerymen and was most likely drawn by a team of horses. The wheels on this gun were made by a Wagoner in Pennsylvania Dutch Country after the original wheels were destroyed by a reckless driver on the Boulevard. The gun was originally located in the median in front of the World War I Memorial, but was placed in its present location to protect it
Regarding Dedicated to the Memory of Our Fallen Comrades. This is not a German 105 mm howitzer. It is a German Model 1904 10cm Light Field Gun. For verification please see: http://www.passioncompassion1418.com/Canons/ImagesCanons/Allemagne/Legere/english_FC105K04Transinnes.html
Guns were designed for flatter trajectories, and howitzers were designed to fire at a much higher trajectory. I am trying to identify surviving WW I artillery pieces in the country - so I am not trying to simply be critical. You are a great resource.
Categories. • War, World I •
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