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Referbuished 15 cm. Krupp


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With the help of Chris, I am posting two photographs of a 1917 dated 15.0 cm Krupp. This weapon was given to the city of Coldwater, Michigan in 1923, and has been in a local park since. A time or two Amish wheelwrights rebuilt the wooden wheels, and by last year they were again unable to support the gun. Friend Matt Switlik, took on the wheelwork, and other cosmetic repairs. The gun is now ready to go back on display. The difference this time is that he used the original tires, but made hubs, spokes, and felloes of cast iron, that should last 100 years rather than 20-25. Mother nature is very unkind to exposed, even painted, wood. The projectile is mine.

new3.2 Thanks Chris

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Ken's pics

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Beautiful work

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Thanks for posting Ken's pics, Chris, and congratulations to Matt on his craftsmanship. The gun looks good for another century. Please post another photo when it's back in its display position.

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  • 2 weeks later...

The howitzer looks like a late war sFH 13/02 which had some changes to improve reliability and simplify production. It would be interesting to see

an image of the breech markings.

The restoration looks great. The cast iron wheels are a good idea - wooden wheels just don't last. Even in service before WW1 the British Army wooden wheels

were only kept for 8 years.

Regards,

Charlie

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