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Fahrpanzer (Armoured carriage mobile)

Louis

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The Fahrpanzer was a mobile artillery piece made prior to World War I in Germany, implemented in several German fortifications from 1890 onwards and exported to several foreign military powers prior to the outbreak of hostilities.

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As designed the Fahrpanzer was mounted on narrow gauge railroad trucks and was wheeled along 60 cm tracks to its battle station. When not in use it would be pushed into a protective bunker to avoid damage during heavy bombardment. The Fahrpanzer was not autonomous: as originally designed it could only be pushed into place and rearmed from outside. It is not clear whether in practice any Fahrpanzer were retrofitted to be self-propelled or self-reloading. However artillery pieces of any kind were in short supply during World War I, and many Fahrpanzers were removed from their fortifications and installed in forward trenches by the Germans.

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For road transport the Fahrpanzers had purpose-built horse-drawn carriages. All export models of the Fahrpanzer were sold with such a carriage, and it appears some export Fahrpanzer remained affixed to their carriages for the duration of their military career. All Fahrpanzer were fully armored and operated by a two-man crew. They may have been positioned and rearmed by the gun crew, or by handlers stationed outside the weapon. In any event the lack of self-propulsion and self-rearming capability placed its operators at risk.

Armament consisted of one Grunson 5.3 cm quick-fire gun capable of +10 degrees and minus 5 degrees elevation, mounted in a 360 degree rotating turret.

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