Monday, 22 December 2014

William Brtiains: New WW1 Releases

A very limited post, focusing as it does solely on the company's latest WW1 releases

WWI Collection 1914 - 1916

WWI German Forces 1916 -1918

The Model 1910 21cm Mörser was a heavy howitzer developed by Krupp armaments for the Imperial German Army to replace the obsolete 21 cm Mörser 99, which lacked a recoil system. At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, there were 216 of these heavy guns in service with the German Foot Artillery.
The howitzer weighed in at 15,496 lbs. (7,029 kg) and like many of the larger artillery pieces, was usually broken down into two loads for transport by motorized transport or horse. Combat experience indicated the need to add a splinter shield to protect the crews making the weapon even heavier.
The 21cm Mörser could fire a 249 lbs. (113 kilograms) High Explosive 21cm Gr 18 shell up to 10,300 yds. (9,400m), with a muzzle velocity of 1,101 Ft/s (335 m/s).
With the rather short barrel of 8ft 5 in (2.57 m), the carriage box trail box assembled with prominent rivets and large pads attached to the wheels to help reduce the ground pressure, the weapon had a rather anachronistic appearance.
Our new Model has a crew of five Foot Artilleryman, shells, empty cartridge casings, wicker shell cases, equipment boxes and recoil ramps.

Happy Hunting!

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