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50mm Brandt mortar model 1937
60mm Brandt mortar model 1935
25mm Puteaux anti-tank gun model 1937
81.4mm Brandt mortar model 1927/31
81.4mm Brandt mortar model 1939
37mm Bofors anti-tank gun model 1936
47mm Breda anti-tank gun model 1935
47mm Bohler anti-tank gun model 1935
50mm Pak 38 anti-tank gun model 1938
75mm Pak 97/38 anti-tank gun model 1897/38
75mm Pak 40 anti-tank gun model 1940
75mm DT-UDR 26 anti-tank gun model 1943
75mm Schneider-Putilov field gun model 1902/36
75mm Krupp field gun model 1904
75mm Puteaux field gun model 1897
75mm Skoda field gun model 1928
76mm field gun model 1942
105mm Schneider field gun model 1936
100mm Skoda field howitzer model 1934
105mm Krupp field howitzer model 1898/09
105mm Krupp field howitzer model 1912
105mm Krupp field howitzer model 1916
105mm Krupp field howitzer model 1918/40
105mm Skoda field howitzer model 1940/43
120mm De Bange field howitzer model 1878
122mm field howitzer model 1910/30
150mm Skoda field howitzer model 1934
75mm Skoda mountain gun model 1915
75mm Schneider mountain gun model 1906/09
76.2mm Putilov mountain gun model 1909
100mm Skoda mountain howitzer model 1916
105mm Bohler mountain howitzer model 1940
13.2mm Hotchkiss antiaircraft machine-gun model 1931
25mm Hotchkiss antiaircraft gun model 1939
20mm Oerlikon antiaircraft gun model 1928
20mm Gustloff antiaircraft gun model 1938
37mm Rheinmetall antiaircraft gun model 1939
40mm Bofors antiaircraft gun model 1930
75mm Vickers antiaircraft gun model 1936/39
76.5mm Skoda antiaircraft gun model 1925
88mm Krupp antiaircraft gun model 1936
155mm Schneider field gun model 1917
75mm Puteaux field gun model 1897
75mm Schneider field gun model 1897.
75mm Puteaux gun model 1897/36 during march onm the Eastern Front in 1941
A group of cavalry officers in front of a camouflaged 75mm Puteaux gun model 1897/36

This legendary French gun entered service in the Romanian Army during WW1, as part of the reorganization of 1917 when the bulk of the Entente supplies reached Romania. In 1926 there were still 126 pieces in the armyâ??s inventory and ten years later they underwent a process of refurbishing at the Resita Works, together with the Schneider-Putilov guns.

During WW2, the 75mm Puteaux gun model 1897/36 equipped a part of the divisional artillery regiments and served throughout the entire conflict. In 1944-45 it also equipped some of the horse artillery regiments. The losses were replaced by Polish Puteaux guns captured by the Wehrmacht and sold by to Romania, according to some sources.
Caliber 75mm
Max range 8000-11000m
Barrel length 2.72m
Length of rifling 2.23m
Rifling grooves 24
Grooves depth 0.5mm
Weight of breech 27kg
Weight of recoiling mass 461kg
Weight of gun in battery 1140kg
Weight of wheel 81kg
Length of gun in battery 4.45m
Width of path 1.51m
Recoil length 114-122cm
Weight of gun in march w/ front wagon 1970kg
Vertical field of fire -11/+18 degrees
Horizontal field of fire 6 degrees
Max rate of fire 28 rounds/minute
Practical rate of fire 6 rounds/minute
Muzzle velocity 525-577m/s
Firing mechanism straight hammer
Caisson capacity 72 shells

Author: Dragos Pusca & Victor Nitu

Stroea A., Bajenaru Gh., Artileria romana in date si imagini, Ed. Centrului Tehnic-Editorial al Armatei, 2010

User Comments Add Comment
gerard demaison  (29 April 2006)
Dear Sirs
The French 75mm field gun Mle 1897 was not a Schneider product. It was developped by the government-owned Puteaux Arsenal near Paris, by two officers from Ecole Polytechnique : Sainte-Claire-Deville and Rimailho. Initially they were under the direction of a colonel Deport. Some parts                 ( e.g.barrels )were sub-contacted during WW1 to other government arsenals. However final assembly,as well as the manufacture of the hydraulic recoil mechanism were all entirely carried out at Puteaux Arsenal.