In constant progress.... !
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After two silent years, and a lot of professional load, numerous new information are awaiting, starting with the M 1884 percussion fuze (and improved texts) on the 'Russian fuzes', and pictures of the rare "o.Az." version of the Dopp Z 92 on the one of the 'German fuzes'.
Two brand new pages on this website, dedicated to the 'Austro-Hongarian fuzes' and to the 'Russian fuzes'. These two nations were only represented before by some few fuzes insufficiently documented in the 'Fusées diverses' page. Having had access to new sources and having observed more models, I found it was time to give them their own section each.
A redesign of the main menu page and of all the other menus :
I have been wanting for a long time to rewrite page on the 'Artillery in WW1' that has been designed too long ago and was not a the good level of information anymore. This is now done.
The english translation of the improved pages of the 'Fusées Françaises' is finished and can be seen on the 'French fuses' page. I took the opportunity to complete and correct information on fuzes even in the French version, particularly for the 24/31 time and percussion family fuzes.
To celebrate November 11, a new French fuze, as famous as simple, the Desmarest fuze for 37 and 47 mm guns Mle 1877.
Work continues on the translation of reworked 'Fusées Françaises' section in the corresponding 'French fuses' page. Both percussion and instantaneous fuzes sub-sections are now complete in both languages. To celebrate this and Novenber 11, a new shortened 'I.T.R.' fuze Mle 1918 has been added in both languages !
In the coming weeks I will finish the French fuzes rework translation (time systems) and add some new fuzes, then I will restart the work on the Surving Guns section, qith so much contributions to integrate.
FINALLY BACK TO WORK ! I have been kept very busy these 2 last years. Lots of changes and additions to come soon ! As a start I finished reworking the 'Fusées Françaises' section in French language with many additional historical and technical details as well as new fuzes, and currently translating it in the english language corresponding 'French fuses' page
The transcription of the files of the 'surviving guns sorted by nation' in the new PHP / MySQL system, more flexible, continues with the addition of new guns too : 93 % of the database is now 'migrated'.
The transcription of the files of the 'surviving guns sorted by nation' in the new PHP / MySQL system, more flexible, continues with the addition of new guns too : 61 % of the database is now 'migrated', and the little blue elephants now disappeared since the migrated records are now recognizable by the mention of the number of similar pieces described in each line.
And in order not to let down the other chapters, a new Dopp Z/86 fuze has been added on the 'German fuzes' page.
Entire re-writing of the pages dedicated to the 'surviving guns' : all the machinery behind the scenes is now a MySQL database and PHP programming ! There are still some things to tune and develop, but the powerful language will mainly help me to update much more easily the guns lists and descriptions than before.
On your side, dear visitors, little visible differences yet but you will notice on the french language list of the'canons survivants classés par nation' that some records are now accompanied by a small blue elephant picture barely visible, indicating this gun is now in the new version and linking to a nicer and more precise description file.
A new time fuze dated 1884, ancestor of the German time and percussion fuzes in the 'German fuzes' page.
Almost one year without major update, sign of an intense professional activity... but here is finally one with several new 'Surviving guns' (including more accurate descriptions of Belgian guns and improved navigation on the surviving guns page), some corrections, and a major re-engineering of the 'Fuzes types' that I had in mind since a long time, with much more information and an much better cosmetics...
Complete revamping of the 'German fuzes', much more precise and enriched information on these complex systems.
Complete revamping of the 'Artillery ammunitions' page, with much more precise text, pictures and informations. Merry Christmas !
Pascal Casanova is giving us the great gift of numerous and superb '3D fuzes', accompanied with interesting comments.
Some interesting new items have been added since the last update notice, and I am now in holidays so next weeks will be pretty rich in new stuff as well !
Until then, enjoy new GrZ c/80 and GrZ 17 fuzes and the enhanced cosmetics on the 'German fuzes' page. The same cosmetic change plus a new field gun percussion fuze (courtesy JL Ponche) have been integrated on the 'Belgian fuzes' page. New contributions also enrich the 'German fuzes manufacture marks' section.
The first 2012 update, with more than 30 new guns in the 'Surviving guns' page. I promise that I will continue to fight against my long queueing list. I hope the waiting contributors will forgive me !
New pictures on the 'German fuzes' page, and a new section dedicated to the 'German fuzes manufacture marks'.
The very last 2011 udpate with finally the upgrading and new pictures / schemes on the 'British grenades' page, various additions on the 'German fuzes' page with a new Aufschlagzünder mV fuze for anti-tank shell, new pictures for different already presented fuzes such as the GrZ 92, Gr Z 96/04, Gr Z 04, Gr Z 14, HZ 14 Vorst, EHZ 16, Bd Z 10, and a correction for the Gr Z 82 fuze (now including the Gr Z 80 as well - thank you Pascal Casanova !).
Some new stuff on the 'German grenades' page also with new pictures of the offensive Diskushandgranate, and a rare Austrian projectile of Schnellwerfer, used in Argonne.
And finally, as a perfect new year gift, Pascal CASANOVA is offering us a pack of brand new and brilliant '3D fuzes' all made by himself.
A parenthesis between the new fuzes, I spent some time renewing my 'French grenades' page. New lay-out, picture comments, and improved text, but also new grenades with the Model 1847, the F1 with long 1915 igniter, the rifle grenade Feuillette, the appareil Moisson, the Bertrand, and the cast iron lighting ! I'll be working on the same improvements with the English and German grandes, then back to the artillery shell fuzes
A new item (Gr Z 82) within the 'German fuzes', but also a lot of changes on the 'Miscelleaneous fuzes' page, with a new Russian fuze ('6 GT') observed in Champagne (!), a collection of WW1 Italian fuzes, a new French plug, and a new Italian plug. Add two new 'Belgian fuzes' (Time and percussion St Chamond and percussion for 57mm) and new '3D fuzes' by Pascal Casanova, and you will have a brand new update !
After a year of silence, due to my movement back from USA to Europe, here is finally a new update that is just announcing other ones. This edition includes a format change on the 'German fuses', 'French fuses' and 'Belgian fuses' pages, that allows to add information below every picture, as well as some corrections and additions in the fuses text description mainly in the German fuses for now. That 'wave' will propagate to the other pages with the successive updates.
Of course, impossible to produce a new update without adding some new items. Today is the day of the 'German fuses' with the new items EKZ16, EKZ16c, LKZ11 Gr, HZ05 (original), as well as the 1918 variant of the lWMZdr2. Some of these contributions are due to two remakable specialists, Luc MALCHAIR and Pascal CASANOVA, who will be easily recognized by numerous WW1 afficionados. Many thanks to them !
I didn't felt like announcing a new update for each new gun posted on the 'Surviving guns' section, but we have now more than 700 guns on it, and still more to come !
June update also includes a brand new version of the pdf files of the Identification Guide of the Surviving WW1 Guns (in French only) on the same page.
It has been so long : finally two new fuses (EHZ16 and EHZ17) on the 'German fuses' pages thanks to Serge Amand, and a new one (Double effet St Chamond) proposed by Florian garnier on the 'French fuses' page. Meanwhile, the surviving guns collection is still growing, with more than 670 guns in the 'Surviving guns' section.
A bunch of new guns from 'Down Under', in the 'Surviving guns' page. We have now nearly 640 surving guns inventoried all around the world, and... more to come !
More and more guns on the 'Surviving guns' page : 539 as of today. And I began the translation of the files in English : as of today, the US guns, the British guns, the German guns (but for the trench mortars), and the Turkish guns files have been transalted.
Numerous new items in the 'Surviving WW1 guns'
A lot of activity on the 'WW1 surviving artillery' section. Numerous new guns being transferred from my 'WW1 Artillery blog'. There are now 317 guns and mortars listed on this website from everywhere in the world, there is still more than 100 other ones to transferred from the blog, and there are new ones coming on the blog every week !
Moreover, you will find a new presentation for the guns : visit the old grandpas either by the 'list by fighting nation' or by a 'GoogleMap showing their current place'.
How is that possible to make such a big update in such a short time ? Well, just break your arm while surfing on vacation, you will be amazed how much time it frees to surf... on the internet... !
A very nice new chapter : discover the wonderful work of Pascal Casanova, who designs breathtaking views and cut-outs of German fuses in CAD. Take a look at the '3D fuses pictures' page.
A lot of new guns on the 'WW1 surviving artillery' section. I apologize that the individual files are still in french.
Here we go : start of the english translation of the 'WW1 surviving artillery'. The individual files are still in french, there is a lot of guns that are on the blog but not yet on the website, but there are dozens of very nice contributions, and a specific care has been given to the writing of the technical descriptions.
Having moved from Burgundy (France) to USA, I can eventually give some timne to my website growth. This update will guide you, from the 'Selection of fuses by nation' page, to two new sections. The first gathers some 'Miscellanous fuses and accessories', the second proposes you to help me solving the enigma of the 'Unidentified fuses'. Brrr ! on topic subject in these Halloween days ;-) ...
An important update, prepared for weeks, of the 'French fuses' page, with a Budin fuse, a new version of the 'Siège et Montagne' fuse, and not less than 5 new time or time and percussion fuses... Plus an improvement of the menus of the fuses pages, and additional pictures for a better understanding of the 'Main types of fuses'.
A new German fuse (percussion KZ16f10cmK) on the 'German fuses' page.
A new German fuse (percussion HZ16) on the 'German fuses' page, and some sorting (titles and categories) on all the fuses pages.
Some nice pictures of a KZ11 fuze, some new informations, new identifications, and new pictures on the 'German Fuses' page.
A new item (Time and Percussion Fuze n°83) and some new information on the 'English fuzes' page.
There is now 167 surviving artillery guns and mortars on the (still temporary french-speaking) database 'Canons'. But also in this update, two new French grenades (OF1 and DR) at 'French grenades', new pictures of a nice Dopp Z96 n/A and a new HZ05 Gr fuse on the page of the 'German fuses'
The transfer of the surviving WW1 guns collected via the blog is still on, and is preventing me from updating my pages concerning the fuses and the WW1 books, where a lot of new items are queuing ! Find all of the 150 guns, sortedd by nation, type and caliber following the link : 'Canons'. Sorry for our english speaking friends, I will only translate those pages in english when the french speaking database is nearly complete !
A big update, since the 'WW1 surviving guns database', collected with the '14/18 artillery blog' is finally online. There are only 54 guns online today, although the database includes more than 200 items. The access by place of exposition, as well as the english translation are not yet done, but this will come...
Some re-engineering for the fuse pages (index of the different items for an easier access) : 'German fuses', 'French fuses', 'English fuses' and 'Belgian Fuses', and some correction on the 'German fuses' page, for the Dopp Z 91 and 92 fuses (nobody's perfect !). A quite strange new Belgian fuse (fortress artillery percussion fuse) on the corresponding page ('Belgian fuses').
Today it's the turn of the 'German grenades' section to welcome some new specimen : a defensive turtle grenade, a stick grenade model 1917, and two new Granatwerfer projectiles
Two versions of a new French fuse (24/31 Mle 99/15), and a new piece of the French trench mortar instantaneous fuse on the page 'French Fuses'.
Three new German fuses Gr Z 92, Dopp Z 91 and Dopp Z 15 on the page 'my German fuses', and better pictures on the same page.
Some (invisible) maintenance on the section 'My grenades'. But you will also find a a new stick grenade on the page 'my German grenades', a pneumatic mortar grenade in the section 'French grenades', a new French fuse 24/31 PR 1916 on the 'my French fuses'page, and some new better items pictures from here to there.
As promised, 3 new grenades on the page 'A selection of grenades'.
Still a lot of energy spent on my blog (http://canonspgmww1guns.canalblog.com) that gathers yet more than 150 WW1 artillery pieces still visible nowadays. But I plan to add in the next weeks the numerous new grenades and fuses that I found in the past months.
Warning ! The fuses selection pages have been reorganised. Now, each country have its own dedicated page. 3 new fuses available on the page English fuses.
It took me some time to create a Blog (http://canonspgmww1guns.canalblog.com) dedicated to the WW1 artillery guns still visible nowadays. As a consequence I had too little time to include in this site the numerous items waiting to be presented to you. Meanwhile, I added pictures to the page dedicated to the Main types of fuses so that it will be more understandable, as well as a path to that famous blog in the pages links and Artillery of the WW1. Another update will arrive soon.
All the pictures from my Grenades selection page have been reviewed : more pictures, better quality. New items alson joined the selection. The texts will be reviewed soon.
It is now possible to toggle to english or french version from every page. I hope that this website will become more international that way !