150mm howitzers ammunition in WW1

 

 

150mm L/12 Schneider not QF howitzer

150mm L/14 Krupp howitzer

150mm L/14 Krupp sFH 13

Shrapnel

Fuze:

Dopp. Z. S/33 (T&P Bulgarian fuze graduated up to 33’)

Shell:

40 kg – 1200 lead bullets x 15 g

Colour:

The body is red, the ogive is white

15cm Granate 12 (verst.)

Fuze:

Gr.Z. 04 (Krupp percussion fuze)

У.З. съ закъснител (Bulgarian percussion fuze with delay action)

У.З. безъ закъснител (Bulgarian percussion fuze without delay action)

Shell:

40.5 kg – 9 kg of Füllpulver 02 (Trotyl)

498 x 149.7 mm (without the fuze)

Thickness of the body 40mm – thickness of the wall 21mm

Width of the driving band 15mm

Colour:

The body and the ogive are yellow

15cm Granate 12

Fuze:

Gr.Z. 04 (Krupp percussion fuze)

У.З. съ закъснител (Bulgarian percussion fuze with delay action)

У.З. безъ закъснител (Bulgarian percussion fuze without delay action)

Shell:

42 kg – 6.4 kg of Füllpulver 60/40

555 x 149.7 mm (without the fuze)

Thickness of the body 34mm – thickness of the wall 19mm

Width of the driving band 15mm

Colour:

The body and the ogive are yellow

15cm Granate 14

Fuze:

Gr.Z. 14 (German percussion fuze)

Shell:

42 kg – 2670 g of Füllpulver 60/40 + 195 g of picric acid

425 x 149.7 mm (without the fuze)

Thickness of the body 42mm – thickness of the wall 35mm

Width of the driving band 15mm and 4mm

Colour:

The body is black and the ogive is yellow

150mm L/17 Krupp lange sFH 13

150mm Russian howitzer

150mm Serbian howitzer

Shells

They used the shells listed above, but with different driving bands to compensate the difference in caliber (German 149.7 mm, Russian 152.4 mm, Serbian 150 mm)

The shells for the Russian howitzers had the script φ 15,24

Propelling charge

150mm L/12 howitzer

I charge: 260 g of 4x14x1 Würfelpulver (flaked nitroglycerine powder)

II charge: 355 g of 4x14x1 Würfelpulver (flaked nitroglycerine powder)

III charge: 455 g of 4x14x1 Würfelpulver (flaked nitroglycerine powder)

IV charge: 560 g of 4x14x1 Würfelpulver (flaked nitroglycerine powder)

V charge: 680 g of 4x14x1 Würfelpulver (flaked nitroglycerine powder)

Detonation charge: 10 g of black powder

I charge: 360 g of 123x1 W.A.S. (tiles of nitroglycerine powder)

II charge: 465 g of 123x1 W.A.S. (tiles of nitroglycerine powder)

III charge: 580 g of 123x1 W.A.S. W.A.S. (tiles of nitroglycerine powder)

IV charge: 710 g of 4x14x1 W.A.S. (tiles of nitroglycerine powder)

150mm L/14 howitzer

I charge: 300 g of 20x20x1.2 Würfelpulver (flaked nitroglycerine powder)

II charge: 385 g of 20x20x1.2 Würfelpulver (flaked nitroglycerine powder)

III charge: 490 g of 20x20x1.2 Würfelpulver (flaked nitroglycerine powder)

IV charge: 610 g of 20x20x1.2 Würfelpulver (flaked nitroglycerine powder)

V charge: 725 g of 20x20x1.2 Würfelpulver (flaked nitroglycerine powder)

VI charge: 945 g of 20x20x1.2 Würfelpulver (flaked nitroglycerine powder)

150mm L/14 sFH 13

I charge: 570 g of 10x10x1.5 scaly nitroglycerine powder

II charge: 630 g of 10x10x1.5 scaly nitroglycerine powder

III charge: 710 g of 10x10x1.5 scaly nitroglycerine powder

IV charge: 810 kg of10x10x1.5 scaly nitroglycerine powder

V charge: 950 kg of 10x10x1.5 scaly nitroglycerine powder

VI charge: 1200 g of 10x10x1.5 scaly nitroglycerine powder

VII charge: 1350 g of 10x10x1.5 scaly nitroglycerine powder

Detonation charge: 20 g of black powder

150mm L/17 l. sFH 13

It used the charges I-VII listed above and a VIII special charge of 1500 g of 10x10x1.5 scaly nitroglycerine powder

150mm Russian howitzer

 

150mm Serbian howitzer