Welcome to the Inert Ordnance Collectors.
Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Georgia, USA
    Posts
    16
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    German 9cm C73 Captured by Royal Horse Artillery

    Over the last few weeks I have disassembled, sand blasted and Osphoed (chemical coating to neutralize rust) my German 9cm C/1873 Kanone. Sheet metal parts with rust-through were also replaced. The breech is a replacement made from an original as a pattern. The wheels are the wartime 7,7cm lFK 96 n/A type. The piece is now reassembled and largely restored. It is capable of live fire but since the paint is hardly dry I have not gotten to this stage yet.

    While sand blasting the tube I noticed an interesting mark. Written on the barrel is “T Battery RHA”. This appears to have been scraped onto the barrel through the original paint. Presumably, this exposed area then rusted. The result is a bit of graffiti from the British capturing unit that has stayed intact. T Battery Royal Horse Artillery was a part of XIV Brigade in the Middle East. It seems unlikely that a third echelon reserve gun of this type would have been sent with German Artillery for their own service so more likley this 9cm C/73 was a Prussian/German gun later sent to the Ottoman Field Artillery. Many of this type weapon were in Ottoman service but they often have the Sultan’s crest etched into the barrel. This one has the King William I of Prussia scroll and the Prussian Eagle so perhaps it was sent during the wartime period and never altered with the new owner’s crest, as would have been the practice pre-war.

    I am now looking for references to T Battery Royal Horse Artillery, XIV Brigade and any mention of captured artillery in their WW1 history and the Ottoman (or even German) units that may have lost it to them.

    I have attached photos of the restoration plus a good one of the “T Battery RHA” graffiti.

    Ralph Lovett
    http://lovettartillery.com/
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Last edited by Ralph Lovett; 26th January 2009 at 05:43 PM.

  2. #2
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Georgia, USA
    Posts
    16
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    more on the 9cm C/73 and the RHA...

    I have found a bit of information that changes my earlier assumptions about T Battery RHA, 14th Brigade service locations in the Middle East.

    I have found details of five T Battery Royal Horse Artillery dead. All are on the Western Front with a range of dates from 1916-1918:

    Miller, Herbert Brown. Gunner. T Battery RHA.14th Brigade. Died 16 APR 1917. Buried Point-du-Jour Military Cemetery France.

    Brown, Alec Charles. Driver. T Battery RHA. 14th Brigade. Died in action 22 AUG 1918. France & Flanders. Buried in Besles New Military Cemetery, Calais.
    Stammers, Robert. Driver. T Battery 14th Brigade RHA. Died 27 DEC 1916. Buried at Mont Houn Militiary Cemetey, Le Treport.

    Knox, Charles. Gunner. T Battery RHA & RFA. 14th Brigade. Died in the Somme. 16 SEP 1916. Buried in Longueval, France.

    Reynard, Ernest. T Battery RHA. 14th Brigade. Died 31 AUG 1916. Buried at Dantzig British Cemetery.

    It appears that T Battery RHA, 14th Brigade started the war in August

    1914 in Egypt and was later transferred to the Western Front.

    There it saw service with 7th Division. It was involved in engagements


    at Neuve Chappelle, Loos, Guillemont, Bullecourt and many others.


    I am still looking for more information.

    Ralph Lovett

  3. #3
    UBIQUE
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    ENGLAND
    Posts
    4,294,967,242
    Images
    113
    Thanks
    1,610
    Thanked 1,849 Times in 699 Posts
    Ralph ,im sure you will like the photo on this link showing the men of T bty
    http://www.militaryimages.net/photop...o/18142/si/Bty

    Any Live or Dug ordnance shown by me has been disposed of by military EOD personnel .



    BOCN HELPING TO PROMOTE SAFE RESPONSIBLE ORDNANCE COLLECTING


  4. #4
    Premium Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Ontario / Canada
    Posts
    2,355
    Images
    43
    Thanks
    357
    Thanked 889 Times in 448 Posts

    Try the Royal Artillery Museum

    The Rotunda Woolich -- it should be a good start. Surely some one on this site will be able to guide you further.

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Georgia, USA
    Posts
    16
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    T Battery RHA Photo

    Thanks for the T Battery RHA photo link. I have also put in a request for information from Woolich on the topic.

    Ralph

 

 

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Back to top