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"210-mm German and Italian Howitzers" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following intelligence report on WWII German and Italian 210-mm howitzers was originally printed in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 12, November 19, 1942.

[DISCLAIMER: The following text is taken from the U.S. War Department publication Tactical and Technical Trends. As with all wartime intelligence information, data may be incomplete or inaccurate. No attempt has been made to update or correct the text. Any views or opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of the website.]


On several occasions the Axis have used 210-mm howitzers in the North African campaigns. There are four known German howitzers of this caliber, and one Italian. Particulars of the Italian howitzer and the most modern of the German equipment are given below for comparison.

        Italian 210-mm Howitzer       German 210-mm Mörser 18 Howitzer
Length of bore22 cals25 to 30 cals
Muzzle velocity1,730 f/s1,815 f/s
Weight of shell225 lbs264 lbs
Maximum range17,500 yds18,300 yds
Weight in action17.4 tons13.2 tons
Weight in draft20.9 tons25.3 tons with platform
Method of transport  In two loads towed by a semitracked tractor.


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