15cm schwere Versuchs-Haubitzen L/13 (Ehrhardt)

The 15cm schwere Versuchs-Haubitzen L/13 was an experimental howitzer produced by Ehrhardt in response to a request from the German War Ministry.

The War Ministry asked Krupp and Ehrhardt to produce a design for a new 15cm howitzer in February 1909, and the Ehrhardt model was ready for testing in 1910. It had a long barrel recoil and splinter shield to protect the crew. It was 45kg heavier than the Krupp design and had slightly shorter range, and despite having the superior recoil mechanism it wasn’t accepted for production. Instead the Krupp design was produced as the 15-cm schwere Feldhaubitz 13.

The sole example of the gun was used by an experimental battery of the Deutsche Marinekorps, and served in Flanders during the First World War.


15-cm schwere Versuchs-Haubitzen L/13 (Ehrhardt)



Barrel Length

1,940mm (L/13)

Weight for transport


Weight in action






Shell Weight


Muzzle Velocity

370m/ sec

Maximum Range


Rate of Fire

4 rounds/ min

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