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Hi Carl,Carl Schwamberger wrote:In Ian Hoggs 'German Artillery of WWII' there is a photograph of the "schwere 10cm Kanone 18" or s 10cm K18(Bleiglanz) in North Africa. Probably Tunisia.
Does anyone have knowledge of:
1. The number sent to NA & when.
2. Their role? Was it as a divsiosal cannon, or as a corps/army weapon?
3. Is there any evidence it was used in the anti tank role? A armor piercing round is shown for it, and it has an impressive muzzle velocity. It looks to be as usefull as the 88 Flak in the emergency AT role.
Learn me to stop relying on my memory. But it was not 3./III Art.-Abtl. 155 (3. Batterie would have been part of I. Abteilung), it was 9. Batterie that was equipped with 10cm sFK. BTW, 9./Art.-Abtl. 33 was also equipped with the 10cm sFK.David W wrote:In addition to the above, there were also the following 10cm K18 Batteries.
3/I Abt 911. (Re-named 3/III Abt 155).
Actually HKAB 529 was still in Italy as late as October 1942. I've been unable to locate a date for its arrival in North Africa. More interesting, it is specifically identified as being equipped with 10.5 cm Kanone, not 10 cm sFK (which of course were 10.5 cm caliber but were never designated as such by the Germans). It is not further identified but given that the other HKAB were all equipped with French 155mm guns and howitzers I suspect these were French 105mm pieces.3 x Batteries in 529th Kuesten Artillerie Abt. (re-named IV/2 Afrika Art Reg).
Actually HKAB 533 was evidently originally equipped with French 155mm howitzers and guns. But it was re-equipped sometime over the summer of 1942 with captured British 25-pdrs (known as 8.76cm K (e)) and was so equipped at Alamein.533rd Kuesten Artillerie Abt, received 1 batterie as replacements for losses, somewhen in the latter half of 1942.
4., 5., and 6./Art.-Regt. 115 were equipped with 21cm Moerser, not 10cm sFK. Although for a time after CRUSADER the third battery was actually equipped with 10cm Italian guns apparently until replacement 21cm pieces were received.As did II/115 Artillerie Regiment.
Are you referring to Ramcke's artillery? Those were Lg 2. Or do you mean HG's artillery? Those were still in Holland in July 1942 and I don't think much of it arrived in Tunisia?There were 3 x Batteries in II Abt Falschrimjaeger Artillerie Regiment From July 1942.
Sorry, I got stuck in the Alamein time period.1 Batterie in 1Afrika Art Abt. (re-named I Abt 190 Art Reg).
See above, it wasn't a replacement battery, but I did forget about it. And the third battery in Art.-Abtl. 408 is a bit mysterious. It was originally equipped with 10cm sFK, but the third battery disappears after CRUSADER only to reappear later in the summer of 1942 but manning 15cm sFH.I have also unconfirmed reports of a replacement batterie in III/33 Mot Art Reg from March 1942. And a third batterie in Art Abt 408.
Why?Carl Schwamberger wrote:"...just trying to figure out what Art.-Battr. 363 and 364 were equipped with and where they were organizationally could take up a book"
Now I am totally baffled.