Artillery and self-propelled guns of World War Two.

heavy artillery

Russian heavy artillery gun.

History, specifications and pictures of British, US, Russian, German and Italian artillery guns of WW2.

The term ‘Field artillery‘ suggests various things to several military. Usually, it explains the artillery which is along the same lines of the infantry or armoured division, serving as that division’s instant fire support, and subservient to the divisional commander. Additional artillery could be associated, for specific missions as well as to give stronger assistance, and stays beneath the superior command. ‘Field artillery’ could also be used to explain the lighter kinds of artillery that can be quickly and easily manoeuvred supporting tactical missions.
In yet another situation, the expression may be used to draw a line of limiting weight or calibre.

Field artillery went through a significant alteration in the 1919-39 time period, resulting from expertise acquired in 1914-1918. Just before 1914, the judgment element in field gun pattern was the pulling energy a 6-horse team. Whenever the greatest gun on the planet was over weight for 6 horses to transport, it wouldn’t be put into practice.
This mentality started to improvement in the late 1920s, as the motorized vehicle had taken a grip on the private people, as well as the quantity of horses accessible for requisitioning to pull artillery in case of war began promptly to diminish. The military were confronted with either taking over horse-breeding as a full­time job, or adopting mechanised traction. Some could have accepted the first choice, but thankfully practical sense won, and mechanization steadily started. It’s, nevertheless, a little-known truth that the only real fully mechanized military that joined WW2 in 1939 was the British. The French, German and Russian military nevertheless depended significantly on horse draught for their guns as well as for most of their day-to-day transport in garrisons, and the US Army was still deploying horse cavalry as late as the summer of 1940.

Self-propelled artillery had been quite definitely a creation of the kind of warfare that developed in the time of WW2: prior to 1939 self-propelled guns were rarely been known (aside from a handful of demo guns), nevertheless from 1943 it had been utilized by all of the enemy armies. The unexpected rise of this fresh kind of weapon is usually credited practically totally to the effect of the battle tank on tactics, with regard to warfare not anymore happened at the tempo of the walking soldier as well as the scouting horse, but at the speed of the tank. Tanks swarmed all over the place in Poland, France and finally Russia, and the best method that the supporting arms, such as the artillery, could keep up with them was to end up similarly mobile.
Most of the first self-propelled artillery vehicles were quickly conversions of present tanks to be able to install field guns, however the measure of transformation varied extensively. A few were rarely above lash-ups to fulfill a quick demand or were constructed at local stores to meet a specific challenge. Others, nevertheless, were properly developed from the beginning and may be regarded as essentially new models.

However a couple unique styles can be discovered in the manner self-propelled artillery was utilized in battle. One school considered mobile artillery as a straightforward adjunct to established doctrines, and this school developed and employed the self-propelled vehicles to provide indirect supporting fire in the typical tactic way. The other school considered the mobile gun as a form of close-range direct-fire weapon for usage in close support of tanks, and this school was accountable for the assault gun. Nowadays both kinds of artillery are extant, but in the West the current highlight is on the indirect-fire weapon and in the East it is actually on the close-support assault gun.

SdKfz 124 Wespe

3D model Wespe

German self-propelled gun SdKfz 124 leFH18 on Panzer II ‘Wespe’ (‘Wasp’). History, development, specifications, statistics, pictures and 3D model. Wespe (SdKfz 124, leFH18 on Panzer II) Type: Self-propelled light field howitzer on tracked carriage. History: The Wespe (Wasp) was designed… learn more

Sturmgeschuetz 40

3d model of StuG III G

German assault gun StuG 40 G (SdKfz 142/1) History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures and 3D model. StuG 40 Ausf G Type: Assault gun. History: The StuG 40 Ausf G was the last production series of the Sturmgeschuetz III. Rolling… learn more

Gun 149/35

Italian heavy gun Cannone da 149/35A in service from 1901 to 1943. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model. Cannone da 149/35A Type: heavy gun. History: The development of a new heavy artillery gun, which could replace the in… learn more

3.7 cm PAK 36

3d model 3.7cm PAK 36

German light anti-tank gun 37-mm PAK 36. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3d model. 3.7 cm PAK 36 Type: Anti-tank gun (Panzerabwehrkanone, German). History: The 3.7 cm PAK 36 was the standard German anti-tank gun at the outbreak of war.… learn more

37 mm gun M3

3d model of 37mm gun M3

US 37 mm anti-tank gun of the Second World War. History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures and 3D-model. 37mm gun M3 Type: Anti-tank gun History During World War One the US Army adopted a 37 mm French gun as a trench… learn more

88 mm anti-tank gun Pak 43

88mm Pak 43/41

The German 88 mm Flak gun as the best anti-tank gun of World War II. History, development, service, specifications, statistics and pictures. 88 mm Flak as anti-tank gun After the Krupp company received a contract to build the 88 mm… learn more

BM-13N Katyusha

3d model of BM-13N Katyusha

Soviet Studebacker truck-mounted rocket-launcher BM-13N Katyusha. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D models. Katyusha Rocket Launcher BM-13N. Type: Truck-mounted rocket launcher. History: The first self-propelled artillery weapons produced in quantity in Russia were not guns at all but novel… learn more

105 mm leFH 18

3d model of 105 mm leFH 18

German light field howitzer 105 mm leFH 18. History, development, service, specifications, statistics and pictures of the ‘Leichte Feldhaubitze 18’. 105mm leFH 18 Type: light field howitzer History: The German army had chosen the calibre of 105 mm (4,134 inch)… learn more

20 mm Flak 38

3D model 20mm Flakvierling 38

German light anti-aircraft guns 20 mm one barrel and Flakvierling. History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures and 3D model. 20 mm Flak 38, Flakvierling Type: light anti-aircraft gun History: By 1940 it was already appreciated that the low rate of… learn more

V-2 in action

V2 before launching

V-2, the German ‘Retaliation Weapon 2’. Organization, deployment, launch and effect of the ballistic missile A-4 (V-2) in the years 1944 to 1945. Here to Part I: Development of V-2. Organization of missile units In autumn 1943 it appeared to… learn more


V-2 before trial launch

Ballistic missile A-4, German revenge weapon V-2. History, origin, development, production and difficulties until operational debut and specifications. A-4 (V-2) Type: Ballistic missile. History The German V-2 was the first ballistic missile in the world to be used in combat.… learn more

88 mm gun Flak 18, 36, 37

3D model of 88 mm Flak 36.

German medium anti-aircraft gun Flak 18, 36 and 37. History, development, service, specifications, statistics, pictures, video and 3D model. 88mm gun Flak 18, 36 and 37. Type: medium anti-aircraft gun, but often used as anti-tank or field gun. History: The… learn more

Penetration Tank Ammunition

German tank ammunition

Penetrability of tank ammunition in the Second World War (Part II): Problems of calculated values for armor-piercing shells compared to the test results. Here to Part I: Firepower of tanks in the Second World War. Problems with Muzzle velocity Therefore,… learn more

Firepower of Tanks

Crusader tank with 6-pounder

Firepower of tanks in the Second World War: Historical test results compared to calculated values of the penetration power of armour-piercing shells. For military War Games, conflict simulations and also in computer games, the ability of a weapon system or… learn more