Krupp 150mm howitzer M. 1905

 

 

 

 

Bulgarian designation :

150-мм скорострелна гаубица Д-14 “Круп”

Turkish designation :

15/14 sm. sahra obüsü

Krupp designation :

15 cm schwere Positionhaubitze L/14 mit Rohrrucklauf

Calibre :

149.1 mm L/14

Weight of the barrel :

870 kg

Weight in action :

2290 kg

Barrel length :

2.100 m

Shield thickness :

4 mm

Battering charge :

1st charge : 300 g of smokeless powder

6th charge : 945 g of smokeless powder

Shell weight :

41 kg

H.E. Shell :

41 kg – charge : 2.5 kg

Mine Shell :

41 kg – charge : 8.85 kg

Shrapnel :

41 kg – 1300 bullets x 16 g

Muzzle velocity :

1st charge : 140 m/s

6th charge : 310 m/s

Max. range :

1st charge : 2500 m

6th charge : 7100 m

Elevation :

+ 43° / - 5°

Traversing angle :

Recoil :

1200 mm

Transport :

drawn by six horses

Remarks :

Quick firing heavy howitzer with hydro-spring recoil system, single-motion wedge breech mechanism, traverse on pivot. It was equipped with dial sights, but not fitted for an independent line of sight.

The Turkish Army bought three six-guns batteries in 1905. They were delivered in 1908. At the beginning of the Balkan War they were in Odrin, where they were captured by Bulgarian Army in 1913.

 

 

 

Turkish 150mm howitzer damaged by Bulgarian fire at Odrin