Canon de 155 C modèle 1917 Schneider
Edited by Rob Haelterman
In the above box art photo we see the characteristic armor shield common to field guns of the period. The wheels are wood spoke type for horse towing. Behind the prominent breach is the simple box trail and large spade. The box trail only allowed a left-right traverse of 6 degrees.
This howitzer was also used by and can be modeled in service with Poland, Italy, Belgium, Bolivia, Greece, Spain, Yugoslavia, Argentina, Australia and Finland. It was captured and used by Germany, used and produced by Russia and the USSR after being re-chambered to 152-mm, and used and produced under license by the United States as the 155mm Howitzer M1918. Howitzers produced under license by the USA and Russia or upgraded would have different wheels or perhaps shields from the French howitzers.
It looks like we have a choice of a spade in travel position or in deployed position. We also have a choice of the original wood spoke wheels or the pneumatic tired wheels for the howitzer. (The smaller wood wheels are for the small gun limber which would not be used during motorized towing and for which we need to mount the pneumatic tires on the howitzer.
Like many resin and plastic gun kits we will have to drill out the muzzle. I do not see a gun sight included, a common item left out of artillery kits. I seem to be missing the hub parts for the pneumatic wheels seen in the instructions below; oops!
During motorized transport this howitzer could be towed by vehicles like the French Somua MCG halftrack artillery tractor (available from Retrokit), German Sd.Kfz.11 prime mover (ESCI, Special Armor, or Model Trans kits), or the Polish C4P halftrack artillery tractor (available from MarS).
In my opinion this is a quite nice artillery model suitable for a display model rather than a wargaming piece due to the fragility of cast resin.
Allied Artillery of World War Two, by Ian Hogg, The Crowood Press Ltd (1998)
Allied Artillery of World War One, by Ian Hogg, The Crowood Press Ltd (1998)