German 7,7 cm. leichte Feld Kanone (l.F.K.) 1896 Limber (Protze)

Above:  This is a German 7,7cm lFK 1896 Limber (Protze).  The box and arm rest/seat section was found in Eastern Europe.  The underframe, axel, limber pole, wheels, and foot board/trace chain hooks are from Germany.  I am missing the pintle hitch and some sheet metal on the box will have to be replaced

Above:  The 7,7cm lFK 96 Limber is similar in appearance to the 10,5cm lFH 98 Limber and do share some parts, such as the axel and underframe, but the box is smaller and the foot boards are different.  For more detail see this link:
http://www.lovettartillery.com/MAT_7,7cm_lFK_96_nA_LIMBER_Detail.html

Above:  The limber wheels are original and have depot mark and 1915 date.  The hub and lynch pin are newly cast by Matt Switlik.  In this photo you can see that sheet metal is missing on one side of the limber box

Above:  Front view of the 7,7cm lFK 96 Limber.  The foot boards/trace chain hooks are held in place in this photo by wire.  As I restore the piece, mounts on the frame connected to wooden foot boards will hold them in place

Above:  A side view of the 7,7cm lFK 96 Limber.  Again, these are newly made hubs and lynch pins.  The wheels are completely original

Above:  A view from the back of the 7,7cm lFK 96 limber.  This is where the ammunition will be stored.  The back lid is missing.  I will base a reproduction on the somewhat larger 10,5cm lFH 98 original lid

Above:  A side view of the 7,7cm lFK 96 Limber without wheels.  The foot board mounts/trace chain hooks are more easily visible in this photo. These differ from the type used on the 10,5cm lFH 98 Limber and are an easy way to tell the two apart

Above:  A front view of the 7,7cm lFK 96 Limber without wheels.  These parts were sand blasted after these photos were taken

Above:  Front view of the 7,7cm lFK 96 Limber   

Above:  Side view of the 7,7cm lFK 96 Limber.  Notice the pintel hitch is missing on this one

Above:  Front view of the 7,7cm lFK 96 Limber with the shovel mount on the floor in front of the box.  This mount was missing from the 10,5cm lFH 98 limber so I will use it as a pattern to complete this detail on that limber as well

Above:  Frame with mounting brackets along with the box turned on its back.  What I believe are shell fragmentation holes are in the bottom of the box.  I will likely leave these unaltered

Above:  Top view of the 7,7cm lFK 96 frame, foot board/trace chain hooks, and axel 

Above:  A close up of the shovel mount

Above:  One of the 7,7cm lFK 96 field guns with the 7,7cm Limber in the background

Above:  Drawing of the 7,7cm lFK 96 Limber in German Field Artillery service

German WW1 Era Field Artillery Harness and Saddle page

German 7,7cm lFK 1896 n/A field gun (1896 dated)

German 7,7cm lFK 1896 n/A field gun (1917 dated)

German 7,7cm lFK 1916 field gun

German 7,7cm lFK 96 & 16 Ammunition

 

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