weapon inventory of French mortar/artillery pieces 1940

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weapon inventory of French mortar/artillery pieces 1940

Post by Kelvin » 20 May 2021 07:29

Hello, regarding French Army in 1940, for the big gun, it is easier to find their numbers but for some smaller gun like mortar or At guns, it is hard to find out
I would like to know how many Brandt mle 35 60mm mortar did French army had in 1940 ?

And many sources saying that French Army is believed to have 8000 x 81,4mm mortar, is it true or any real number provided ?

And also 6000 x 25mm antitank guns, is it right too ? Thank

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Re: weapon inventory of French mortar/artillery pieces 1940

Post by ljadw » 20 May 2021 11:12

25 mm anti tank gun : 7000 pieces
47 mm anti tank gun : 700 pieces
75 mm gun :4500
155 mm gun ( 2 types ) : 985
105 mm gun :232
the production of mortars ( not the number delivered to the forces ) was some 10000 .

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Re: weapon inventory of French mortar/artillery pieces 1940

Post by Kelvin » 20 May 2021 13:37

ljadw wrote:
20 May 2021 11:12
25 mm anti tank gun : 7000 pieces
47 mm anti tank gun : 700 pieces
75 mm gun :4500
155 mm gun ( 2 types ) : 985
105 mm gun :232
the production of mortars ( not the number delivered to the forces ) was some 10000 .
Hi, Ljadw, thank for your information.

I would like to ask which two types of 155mm Gun ?

I see French 155mm howitzer is mle 1917 and mle 1877-14

and 155mm Gun is GPF and mle 1918, you mean this two types.

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Re: weapon inventory of French mortar/artillery pieces 1940

Post by ljadw » 20 May 2021 15:51

There were 2 types of 155 mm artillery of 1917 : the long range one and the short range one
There was also the 155 mm GPF (Grande Puissance de Feu ) for which I have no information: it could be a third type, but also an other name for the 155 mm long range .
An other (British ) source claims that in 1939 there were 1943 155 mm pieces of artillery in service, without indicating if this was for the field army in France only, or also including the reserve forces and the forces overseas ,or including also the fortifications of the Maginot line .
Thus, as usual, a lot of speculations .

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