Krupp 75mm field gun M. 1910
This is a
Turkish 75mm field gun Krupp M. 1910 captured by the Australian Light Horse,
during the Palestine
campaign in 1918. It was restored by the Redcliffs Historical
Society in 1987.
The cipher on
the barrel is the Coat of Arms of the Ottoman Empire
with the Tughra (stylised seal/signature) of Sultan Mehmed V (1909-1918). The
gun number is 617, which makes sense only counting up the total number of
75mm guns received by the Turks in the 1905 and 1909 orders (total – 648).
The build date is 1326 or 1910
in the western calendar. According with the data
engraved on the back of the breech the barrel weight was 360 kg.
and pictures by courtesy of Charlie Clelland from Australia.