10.5 cm Feldhaubitze M.12

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Obuzierul Krupp, caliber 105 mm, model 1912
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A pair of Model 1912 howitzers firing during the Battle of Mărăști Kingdom of Romania
TypeHowitzer
Service history
In service1912-1945
Used byRomania
Bulgaria
WarsSecond Balkan War
World War I
Hungarian-Romanian War
World War II
Production history
DesignerArsenalul Armatei
ManufacturerArsenalul Armatei
No. built120
Specifications
Mass1,155 kilograms (2,546 lb)
Barrel length1.47 metres (4 ft 10 in) L/14

Shell14 kilograms (31 lb)
Caliber105 mm (4.134 in)
Carriagebox trail
Elevation-5° to +60°
Traverse
Muzzle velocity300 m/s (985 ft/s)
Maximum firing range6,500 metres (7,100 yd)

The Obuzierul Krupp, caliber 105 mm, model 1912 was a Romanian upgrade of the German 10.5 cm Feldhaubitze 98/09 howitzer used extensively during World War I. After two years of planning and experimentation by Romanian officers, the final design was approved and the required modifications were performed at Arsenalul Armatei in Bucharest. The German aiming system was replaced with an improved Romanian system and the maximum range was increased to 6,500 meters, being superior to the 6,300 meters maximum range of its German counterpart. Maximum elevation was also increased from 40° to 60°. Thirty batteries (120 pieces) were converted by Arsenalul Armatei before and during World War I. They appear to have lingered in Romanian service into World War II. Guns captured by the Bulgarians appear to have been placed into service, although they seem to have been out of service by the outbreak of World War II.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The History of Romanian artillery - Howitzers (Romanian)". Archived from the original on 2016-02-24. Retrieved 2016-02-17.