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Osage201712 Aug 2017 3:08 p.m. PST

Hello Friends,

This time my questions are about the French heavy howitzers at Waterloo. The howitzer had 167 mm caliber and was based on the Prussian 10pdr howitzer.

How much larger was her crew comparing to the medium howitzer's crew ?

Was the number of ammo caissons for the heavy and medium howitzers was the same ?

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2017 3:59 p.m. PST

What is your reference for it being a 'heavy howitzer'?

If it was a field piece, and at the time of Waterloo there were two field howitzers in use by the French: the 5.5-inch howitzer of the Systeme AN XI and a new 6-inch howitzer that was used by the Guard.

Neither was a 'heavy' howitzer.

The gun crews were undoubtedly the same for both and there were either three or five caissons assigned per howitzer, depending on the reference.

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