7.7 cm FK 96 n.A.

The 7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art (7.7 cm FK 96 n.A.) was a field gun used by Germany in World War I.

The gun combined the barrel of the earlier 7.7 cm FK 96 with a recoil system, a new breech and a new carriage. Existing FK 96s were upgraded over time. The FK 96 n.A. was shorter-ranged, but lighter than the French Canon de 75 modèle 1897 or the British Ordnance QF 18 pounder gun; the Germans placed a premium on mobility, which served them well during the early stages of World War I. However, once the front had become static, the greater rate of fire of the French gun and the heavier shells fired by the British gun put the Germans at a disadvantage. The Germans remedied this by developing the longer-ranged, but heavier 7.7 cm FK 16.

As with most guns of its era, the FK 96 n.A. had seats for two crewmen mounted on its splinter shield. Guns taken into service by Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia upon independence in 1919 served until replaced during the 1930s.

Country Name Origin Year
Germany 1907
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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Type Field gun
Place of origin German Empire
Service history
Used by Kingdom of Bulgaria
German Empire
Second Polish Republic
Ottoman Empire
Wars World War I
Production history
Number built 5086
Weight 1,020 kg (2,250 lb)
Barrel length 2.080 m (6 ft 10 in) L/27
Width 1.53 m (5 ft)
Crew 5
Shell separate loading, cased charge
Shell weight 6.8 kilograms (15 lb)
Caliber 77 mm (3 in)
Breech horizontal sliding wedge
Recoil hydro-spring
Carriage pole trail
Elevation -12° 56' to +15° 8'
Traverse 7° 15'
Rate of fire 10 rpm
Muzzle velocity 465 m/s (1,530 ft/s)
Effective firing range 5,500 m (6,000 yd)
Maximum firing range 8,400 m (9,200 yd)
with trail dug in

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