French 155 mm Field Gun

Produced entirely out of brass, the canister was used to safely transport the powder charges for French 155 mm (6.10 inches) artillery. Brass offers the benefit of being both strong along with unable to produce a spark (unlike steel).



Surviving Example at Fort Pompelle, Riems France.

The 155 mm guns were the standard medium artillery pieces of the French army in both the first, and second world wars. Produced by Schneider,  the gun able to deliver its projectile a maximum of 13.9 km (8.6 miles). In 1939-40, they were deployed along the Maginot Line as part of the interval defences. Following the defeat of France, the guns were absorbed into the inventory of the German army, these were know as Kannone 417 (f), and used extensively in the field. Where the guns went, so went the accessories including these transport cases. 




 

Our example was produced in 1937, being recovered from southern Italy, and has over time long since parted company with its original lid.



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