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1913 Krupp Howitzer

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 19 December 2018 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

During World War I, the Krupp heavy howitzer became the workhorse of German field artillery. Capable of delivering a ninety-pound projectile containing high explosive or poison gas, it was considered by the German High Command their "principal gun of battle". Literally thousands were captured by the Allies by the end of the conflict.

Galena, like many other communities that sent their fair share of men to the war, pushed for a "souvenir" to complement the other guns displayed in Grant Park. The Galena Gazette suggested that a German "airship, submarine or some other memento would be very acceptable."

The local American Legion Post 193 petitioned their U.S. Congressman, John C. McKenzie, for such a memento. In 1924, he introduced legislation, which subsequently passed, to allot German war trophies to each state according to the number of mem they sent to the war. Illinois was entitled to "150 cannons and trench mortars, 220 vehicles, 4,722 German rifles, 672 machine guns and 3,294 bayonets and scabbards."

THe Gazette announced in August of 1925 that the American Legion Post had received word that "a large Howitzer cannon will soon be placed in Galena's beautiful park." The cannon, weighing 4,900 pounds, arrived in April the following year and was placed "in a commanding position on the brow of the hill." Here, it was proclaimed, the cannon would serve as a memorial to all the boys who "went West."

Rededicated in June of 2004, through the efforts of the Galena Foundation, City of Galena and friends of Galena history, it continues to commemorate all of those who served.

Photo captured October 15, 2018.

NIKON D7000 1/60 second F/8.0 ISO 280 18 mm

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Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel ancien canon quelle vue superbe il est très long génial
Belle journée

19 Dec 2018 5:37am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Fine historic gun...

19 Dec 2018 5:58am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I like bw process for this subject.

19 Dec 2018 6:18am

claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Très belle prise de vue , on croirait une photo d'epoque avec le rendu Noir et Blanc

19 Dec 2018 6:42am

Wayra from Roma, Italy

History teachs...

19 Dec 2018 7:53am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Il fallait de la main d'œuvre pour l'installer

19 Dec 2018 7:56am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle composition !

19 Dec 2018 9:29am

Marcel P. from Belgium

Steven = un historien confirmé, & un excellent photographe.

19 Dec 2018 9:56am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

The standardgun of the German frontartillerie. Interesting, that this one (perhaps some more) exemplar survived in the USA. Well captured and informations.

19 Dec 2018 10:02am

omid from mashhad, Iran


19 Dec 2018 10:16am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A nice look at the Howitzer. There a a few of these on some of the bases I was stationed at in the UK. Krupp was a very important German company ans still is. A nice image Steven.

19 Dec 2018 10:24am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

So much ingenuity invested in dealing death. A sobering sight, well documented both with picture and words

19 Dec 2018 10:57am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

worth photographing

19 Dec 2018 12:52pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like the B&W and the light

19 Dec 2018 1:23pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

That is indeed a old one !

19 Dec 2018 1:30pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A great capture in sun and shadow . Thank you for the explanation .

19 Dec 2018 1:38pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of this famous weapon. The history is very interesting,

19 Dec 2018 2:15pm

la griffe du loup from la roche sur yon, France

prêt à tirer ,friendship

19 Dec 2018 2:21pm

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

The shadow reminds on the many fallen. The memory remains and we will always remember.
Good photo.

19 Dec 2018 2:26pm

Devi from Chennai, India

very beautifully photographed...nice narration too Thank you :)

19 Dec 2018 3:27pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A fine presentation for this killing device. Excellent sunlight accents and detail.

19 Dec 2018 3:43pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

well, haven't i lived a sheltered life in not knowing about the history here

a fine shot

19 Dec 2018 4:01pm

willy from Belgium

un canon impressionnant ..

un bel effet en N & B


19 Dec 2018 5:15pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Superbe Steven...

19 Dec 2018 6:25pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Quite an impressive field gun. When my company rotated to the battalion firebase, in Vietnam, I spent nights in a bunker just below the 155mm howitzers. When they got fire missions in the middle of the night, as they often did, it would rattle your teeth. The mortars were farther away and much less noisy.

19 Dec 2018 6:36pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you for sharing your personal connection. And thank you for your service!

Anne from France

Very interesting!

19 Dec 2018 7:42pm

existenceartistique from Angers, France

Bel effet

19 Dec 2018 7:46pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

If only governments and people everywhere invested the same amount of time and energy in making friends as they do in war, the possibilities of humanity would be endless.

20 Dec 2018 12:00am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Such an interesting history connected to this howitzer. It makes a nice tribute to those that served in World War I.

20 Dec 2018 12:45am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

A piece of history for us to see in our time.

20 Dec 2018 3:21am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

I am always amazed by the range these old weapons can achieve. Man makes efficient killing machines.

20 Dec 2018 4:07am

Remus from Portugal

Now, I can say that I learned something new today.

21 Dec 2018 9:49pm