BACKGROUND: The German army developed a wide variety of assorted sized ordnance ranging from the 7.65mm caliber pistol rounds to the 88mm caliber anti-aircraft/anti-tank rounds to the enormous 80cm caliber railway artillery rounds. The development and production of German army ordnance was under the supervision of the HwaA, Heereswaffenamt, (Army Ordnance Office), which was a subsection of the OKH, Oberkommando des Heeres, (High Command of the Army), and was responsible for testing, evaluation and eventual issue of all ordnance. The HwaA would issue all ordnance to a units Quartiermeister, (Supply HQ unit/Quartermaster), which contained the units Administration, Medical, Veterinarian, and Transport officer’s and its main responsibility was the control of all supplies to the forward troops including all vehicle fuel, and lubricant requirements as well as animal feed and rations and ammunition and accessories. German Infantry divisions normally had an integral artillery regiment that usually consisted of four battalions with three batteries in each. Each artillery battery would contain four artillery pieces resulting in the standard Infantry division having forty-eight artillery pieces which could be supplemented by the Army’s General Headquarters Artillery if required. Generally the first three artillery battalions were equipped with the 10.5cm light field howitzer, while the fourth battalion was equipped with the 15 cm heavy field howitzers which had entered service in 1933. The two main light field howitzers were the l.F.H. 16 developed in WWI and the l.F.H. 18 which was introduced in 1935 and generally replaced the l.F.H.16.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 48cm tall, 14cm diameter, tooled magnetic sheet metal construction canister with a brazed, vertical side seam for a light field howitzer round. The canister features repeating, embossed, vertical reinforcement ribbing and a fold back top lid with a heavy wire swivel hinge to the reverse and a swivel, pressure closure clip to the obverse. The fold back top lid has a swivel, heavy wire, carrying handle brazed in place. Still retains some of its original ordnance tan factory paint.

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