9cm Feldkanone C/73/91

The 9cm Feldkanone C/73/91 was an obsolete field gun that saw use with replacement and reserve field artillery battalions during the First World War.

The original Feldkanone C/73 had been produced in two versions. The field artillery regiments of the infantry divisions received an 88mm version, while the cavalry divisions received a lighter 78.5mm version. It was a fairly simple gun, with no traverse mechanism. The original version was introduced into service in 1874.

The C/73/91 took advantage of improvements in metallurgy to introduce a new lighter but robust steel barrel. The chassis and limber was also improved, allowing the cavalry to use the same 88mm version as the infantry. However it still lacked any traverse mechanism, and the imminent introduction of barrel recoil systems would soon make it obsolete. Visually it was a simple looking weapon, with the barrel carried above a simple chassis, with spoked wheels.

After the outbreak of the First World War the German Army soon found itself short of guns, and so the obsolete 9cm FK C/73/91 was forced into service with replacement and reserve field artillery battalions. 


9cm Feldkanone C/73/91



Barrel Length

2,100mm (L/23.8)

Weight for transport


Weight in action



-15 to 16 degrees


0 degrees

Shell Weight


Muzzle Velocity

464m/sec (shell)
442m/sec (shrapnel shell)

Maximum Range


Rate of Fire

10 rounds/ min

German Artillery 1914-1918, Wolfgang Fleischer. Covers over 100 guns used by the German Army and shore detachments of the Navy during the First World War, a conflict largely dominated by artillery. Each one gets a brief description, a set of technical stats and a good picture. Shows the wide range of gun types and sizes used by the Germans during the First World War, and the way in which they evolved to deal with the unexpected challenges of trench warfare. [read full review]
cover cover cover


Books on the First World War | Subject Index: First World War

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (6 April 2018), 9cm Feldkanone C/73/91 , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_9cm_feldkanone_C73_91.html

Help - F.A.Q. - Contact Us - Search - Recent - About Us - Privacy