Field Artillery Saddle and Harness

Artillerie Militärsattel & Pferdegeschirr


Below Left: Complete German Bochsattel 73 Field Artillery Driver's Saddle. Below Right: The tree or frame for the saddle. Notice the tongue at the rear of the saddle has been cut off.  It appears that this was done some time ago also the metal parts of the tree are pained teal green. Although this is not a regular German Army paint color this was a common industrial paint color in the 1900s.   

German Field Artillery Saddle German Field Artillery Saddle Tree

Below: Close up of the padding ( Sattelkissen ) for the Field Artillery Saddle.

Padding for the German Field Artillery Saddle

Below Left: Underside of the padding. Below Right: Overview of the saddle tree.

padding back side for the FA saddle Overview of the saddle tree

Below: Horseshoe pouch of the saddle ( Hufeisentasche ).

horseshoe pouch front horseshoe pouch back


Photograph Below.  Close up of the most common German Field Artillery Horse Collar.  This example has a wartime date and manufacture’s mark.  

Field Artillery Collar

Below: The photograph below shows three variations of German Field Artillery Horse Harnesses. On the right is the Bavarian Pattern with metal and leather construction. Note that it does not have a hames. Center is what I believe to be an older variation of the Prussian Field Artillery Collar. Left is the most common Prussian/German Field Artillery Horse Collar of these same type in the above photograph.








Below: Lead and Swing Teams with an independent rider alongside the lead team

Below: Another view of the Lead and Swing Teams with an independent rider alongside the lead team

Below: A 7,7cm lFK 96 with independent riders and the lead and swing drivers for the following team


Below: A 7,7cm lFK 96 with a Wheel Team and Swing Team visible in the photograph


Below:  An excellent example of a typical WW1 Era German Field Artillery six horse driver team

German Field Artillery Driver Team

Below: A close up of the earlier photograph. This shows detail of the Wheel Team and Whipple Tree rigging for the Swing Team

Below Left: Whipple Tree with J-Hook close up. Below Right: Whipple Tree J-Hook

Below: A soldier from Artillery Colum 459 in a 1917 dated photograph.  It is interesting that the saber is mounted on the saddle and the older “NCO bit” is being used this late in the war

German Artillery Mun. Kol. Number 459 soldier with horses

Drawing Below. Valise Saddle & Collar for Field Artillery

Field Artillery Saddle and Tack

Above & Below. Valise Saddle for Field Artillery.  This illustration shows one of six horse saddle and harness rigs which hook up to the limber for towing the field artillery piece or caisson (munitions wagon).  The saddle has a wooden tree unlike the Foot Artillery Saddle.  A leather padded seat is set over the wooden saddle tree. A collar and hames (iron frame) harness fits around the horse's neck.  Trace lines hook from the the hames to the limber.  In the Post-War Weimar Period both Field and Foot Artillery adopted the cavalry style saddle.

field artillery saddle and collar

Photograph Below. Horse Collar and Driver's Saddle rigged for a rider. The Saber is the standard Prussian style EM's service saber.

field artillery saddle and collar

Drawing Below.  A Rope Trace and Breaching for use with the Field Artillery Saddle.  This Breaching was used regularly with the Prussian and Bavarian Field Artillery Saddle.  It also appears that this Breaching was sometimes used as a harness without the regular collar.  This is illustrated in the lower photograph. 

Field Artillery Breeching

Photograph Below. I do not yet have a good explanation for this one.  It appears to be the above Breaching set up as a harness with a 7,7cm lFK Limber.  This is the only photograph I have ever seen of this rig.  I believe, it may have been an improvised or field expedient way of rigging the limber. I do not believe the harness was in common service like this.  With additional work on translation of the manual, I should have a more definitive answer. 

Field Artillery Limber Rig of and Unknown Type

Below: A WW1 Era German Army wagon. The horse is equipted with a Field Artillery type collar.

For the 10,5cm light Field Howitzer Limber see this page

For the 7,7cm lFK 1896 Limber see this page


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