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Canon de 80mm Mle 1877 de Bange

Tube only

Light artillery

Contributor :
Alain Bohée     
Bernard Berthion     
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Location :
Vaux-Rouillac (16)
Monument aux Morts
Coordinates : Lat : 45.74330 / Long : -0.09090
General comments on this surviving gun :

Identical items in the same location : 4
Items covered by this file : 4

There are 4 barrels in an unusual position around this memorial

This picture allows an easier identification of the gun type, but only the measure of the exact calibre allowed the precise identification

Historic and technical information
Denomination :     80 Mle 1877 Origin :       ( Arsenaux de l'Etat)          

Historic context :

The 'canon de cavalerie de 80mm Mle 1877' of the de Bange system was a lightened version of the 90 mm Mle 1877 fieldgun of the same famous artillery system, designed for the use within cavalry divisions, and therefore supposed to be able to follow the rapid movements of these units.

The weight loss (from 1200 kg to 955 kg) had been obtained thanks to a scale reduction of the 90 mm gun whose barrel had been reduced to a 80 mm calibre. Most of the tube and carriage dimensions were kept proportionally identical, so that differentiating these weapons on a picture is really difficult.

Very robust and mobile, the 80mm Mle 1877 was removed from the active units in 1912. Despite its obsolescence (no recoil recuperation mechanism), it was used again during the Great War, but in smaller quantities than the 90mm Mle 1877 field gun (barely more than 100 guns in service at the maximum).

Technical data :

  • Complete description : 80mm M 1877 de Bange Cavalry gun
  • Design year : 1877
  • Calibre : 80.00 mm
  • Weight in firing position : 955 kg
  • Weight for transportation : 1600 kg with field trailer
  • Tube length in calibres : 26.10 (21.1 calibres for the rifled part only)
  • Grooves : 24 progressive angle from1.45 to 7 degrees
  • Projectile weight : 5.9 à 6.3 kg
  • Initial speed : 525 m/s
  • Fire rate : 2 rounds / minute
  • Range : 7100 m, up to 8700 m with the M1915 shells
  • Elevation range : -5 to +26 degrés
  • Direction range :

  • Les canons de la Victoire 1914-1918 - Tome I - L'Artillerie de campagne           Pierre Touzin       François Vauvillier             Histoire et Collection   2006  
  • Le Canon, Artisan de la Victoire       Général Rouquerol                   Lavauzelle   1920  
  • Les Canons de la Victoire, 5ème édition du Manuel d'Artillerie Lourde, revue et considérablement augmentée       Colonel Alvin       Commandant André             Henri Charles-Lavauzelle et Cie   1923