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Old 08-24-2019, 09:18 PM
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Just to add to the confusion....

Before WW1 and in the early part of the war before trench warfare started the light field guns with their limbers were considered a unit. The limbers often carried 40 or more rounds of ammunition. This sounds like a lot but a French 75mm Mle 1897 field gun could easily fire 20 rounds per minute and the other combatants' field guns weren't far short of this rate of fire. So in even a modest bombardment the caisson crews were working flat out to keep the ammunition supply going.

Couple of images: a 75mm French Mle 1897 gun with limber and 7.7cm German Feldkanone 96 n.A. The German packaged their ammunition in wicker baskets you can see these between the gun and limber.

The British term for the pole the limber is drawn with is "Draught Pole".

If anyone wants a reference to British artillery before and at the start of WW1 then I'd recommend Len Trawin's "Early British Quick Firing Artillery" - covers all the field guns with recoil absorption and is a compendium of pretty much everything about field artillery. There are scale drawings of all the guns and equipment.


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