Schneider ammunition wagon for 75mm QF guns

 

 

Wagon 75mm Bulgarian

 

 

 

The ammunition wagon of the Schneider 75 mm field gun was composed by the limber and the caisson. It was drawn by a team of six horses, like the gun. Both the limber and the caisson were made entirely of steel, except for the poles and the wheels that were of wood with tyres and naves of steel. The U-turn angle of the ammunition wagon was 70, that of the gun was 72.

 

The limber was composed by the chest, the axle with two wheels, two swingletrees, the pole, a knapsack-rack with grid to carry the cannoners equipment, and miscellaneous hardware. It had both spring draught-loops and a spring limber hook. It was seated for three gunners. Beyond 38 rounds, it contained tools and spare parts.

 

The caisson was made like a tip-cart, so that it could be tilted into a vertical position beside the gun. This entailed carrying the ammunition vertically when travelling. The bottom of the wagon body was armoured and the bullets-proof doors opened outwards, giving a wide protected area for the three men who were employed in preparing and supplying ammunition. The steel has the same thickness as the gun-shield, namely 4.75 mm for the Bulgarian wagon. The caisson was composed by the chest, the shaft, the axle with two wheels, the brake mechanism, the support for the fuzes and miscellaneous hardware.

 

Each projectile was contained in a separate tube of bronze fixed in the ammunition box. In order to admit a quick handling, the ammunition was carried in horizontal position. The mechanical fuze-setting machine was carried on the caisson. An armoured observatory was carried on one of the ammunition wagons.

 

 

 

 

Bulgarian

Serbian

Greek

limber

empty :

400 kg

420 kg

388 kg

ammunition :

320 kg

312 kg

312 kg

loaded :

720 kg

732 kg

700 kg

caisson

empty :

500 kg

538 kg

486 kg

ammunition :

500 kg

492 kg

492 kg

loaded :

1000 kg

1030 kg

978 kg

wagon

empty :

900 kg

958 kg

874 kg

ammunition :

820 kg

804 kg

804 kg

loaded :

1720 kg

1762 kg

1678 kg

length :

6840 mm

 

 

armored observatory

37 kg

34 kg

 

armor

thickness :

4.75 mm

4 mm

4 mm

rounds

on the limber :

38

38

38

on the caisson :

60

60

60

 

 

 

Wagon 75mm Schneider

Wagon 75mm Schneider_1

Wagon 75mm Schneider_2

Bulgarian Ammunition Wagon for 75mm Schneider field gun

Wagon 75mm Schneider_Serbo_1

Wagon 75mm Schneider_Serbo_2

Wagon 75mm Schneider_Greek

Serbian

Greek

 

 

Drawings of the Bulgarian ammunition wagon