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8cm M 05/08 LFA (Luftfahrzeugabwehr-Kanone)

AA Artillery

Contributor :
Bernard Plumier      http://www.passioncompassion1418.com
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Location :
Museo Storico Italiano della Guerra
Coordinates : Lat : 45.88940 / Long : 11.04640
General comments on this surviving gun :

Identical items in the same location : 1
Items covered by this file : 1

Breech markings not visible the pivot carriage is marked in Italian 'da 77/CA affusto Nr 021820' : this gun has been captured and used by Italy

View on one of the two spring equilibrators

Historic and technical information
Denomination :     8cm M 05/08 LFA Origin :       ( Arsenaux d'état)             ( Skoda )             ( Industrie privée Austro-Hongroise )

Historic context :

Interested by the creation of anti-aircraft weapons as most of the nations since the end of the XIXth century, it is not before 1913 that Austria-Hungary finally started serious work on it. However, when the war started in 1914, the only rare AA giuns available were either prototypes of various calibres or an adaptaion of the 8cm M05 fieldgun on a modified carriage adapted for high angles fire ('M14 8cm').

Although the armies were improvising more or less strange carriages to adapt the fireldguns to the AA missions, the Skoda works developed a AA new weapon ('M14/R 8cm') by converting the captured 76.2 mm M 1902 fieldguns on a pivot carriage inspired by the similar weapons built by the German Ehrardt and tested and bought by Austria. It is only in 1917 that the War Minister decided to request Skoda to create a AA gun on an evolution of the good pivot carriage of the M14/R 8cm, but equipped with the good Austrian barrel of the 8cm M5/8 in order to be less dependent on German deliveries or War loots.

120 units of this '8cm M 05/08 LFA (Luftfahrzeugabwehr-Kanone)' were ordered in September 1917, but only started to be delivered on the front from the spring of 1918.

Technical data :

  • Complete description : 8 cm anti-aircraft gun M 1905 and 1905/1908 LFA (Luftfahrzeugabwehr-Kanone)
  • Design year : 1917
  • Calibre : 76.50 mm
  • Weight in firing position : 2470 kg
  • Weight for transportation :
  • Tube length in calibres : 30.00
  • Grooves : 30 4 to 7.10 degrees progressive angle
  • Projectile weight : 6.4 kg (explosif) - 6.6 kg (shrapnel)
  • Initial speed : 500 m/s
  • Fire rate :
  • Range : 7000 m (high explosive shells)
  • Elevation range : -5 to +73 degrees
  • Direction range : 360 degrees range

  • The Austro-Hungarian Artillery from 1867 to 1918           Christian Ortner                   Verlag Militaria   2007  
  • L'Artiglieria Austro-Ungarica Nella Grande Guerra       Filippo Cappellano                   Gino Rossato   2001  
  • Wikipedia http://fr.wikipedia.org/