Schneider armoured observatory






In every Bulgarian field battery two ammunition wagons of the Schneider 75mm field gun M. 1904 were equipped with an armoured observatory weighing 27 kg. It was composed by a platform with a double armoured shield. It was fixed at the shaft of the ammunition wagon that was raised vertically. It could be put into three different fighting positions, according with the height from which the observer wished to watch. The window of the observatory was respectively at the height of 2.90 m, 3.30 m and 3.90 m.

The Schneider 120mm field howitzer M. 1911 was equipped with similar observatory, weighing 36 kg.

Similar observatories were used also by the Serbian and the Greek Army, as well as by almost every army that bought Schneider guns. Krupp too equipped its field batteries with armoured observatories that were adopted, among others, by the Romanians.

Unlike many counties, like Germany and France, Bulgaria did not adopt an observation wagon equipped with an observation ladder.