The Ordnance Society

Ordnance & Artillery of All Periods

WWI ARTILLERY

The Ordnance Society has produced a UNIQUE list of ALL the artillery used by ALL of the combatant nations involved in WWI and have taken the 37mm calibre as the smallest artillery piece described.

These tables below list the artillery used by the main protagonists of WWI, including a range of technical details where known. This information will be enhanced as gaps in the information are filled and corrections made, with additional columns added such as ammunition.

 

If you have any comments, corrections or additions, then please e-mail the Ordnance Society:-

ordnance.society@btinternet.com

 

We would also appreciate photographs (copyright free) that we can add to a new album on our Flickr page:-

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The Allies are listed immediately below, followed by The Central Powers.

 

Country Entered the War Affiliation
Australia 4 August 1914 Allies (British Empire)
Belgium 4 August 1914 Allies
Canada 4 August 1914 Allies (British Empire)
France 3 August 1914 Allies
Greece 29 June 1917 Allies
India 4 August 1914 Allies (British Empire)
Ireland 4 August 1914 Allies (British Empire)
Italy 23 May 1915 Allies
Japan 23 August 1914 Allies
New Zealand 4 August 1914 Allies (British Empire)
Romania 27 August 1916 Allies
Russia 1 August 1914 Allies
Serbia 28 July 1914 Allies
South Africa 4 August 1914 Allies (British Empire)
United Kingdom 4 August 1914 Allies (British Empire)
United States of America 6 April 1917 Allies

 

Country Entered The War Affiliation
Austria-Hungary 28 July 1914 Central Powers
Bulgaria 12 October 1915 Central Powers
Germany 1 August 1914 Central Powers
Ottoman Empire 31 October 1914 Central Powers

 

Each country has its artillery listed as, appropriate, within the following sub-groupings:-

MOUNTAIN GUNS, FIELD ARTILLERY, HOWITZERS, MEDIUM & HEAVY ARTILLERY, RAILWAY GUNS, COAST ARTILLERY, ANTI – AIRCRAFT GUNS, AIRCRAFT GUNS, TANK GUNS and MISCELLANEOUS.

The ‘British Empire’ countries of Australia, Canada, India Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa are not listed separately with the artillery they used as they generally were assigned to various batteries within the British army, or were supplied with British artillery to their own indigenous units.

Please click the country link below to see the data available:

 

ALLIES:

WW1 BELGIAN ARTILLERY

WW1 FRENCH ARTILLERY

WW1 GREEK ARTILLERY

WW1 ITALIAN ARTILLERY

WW1 JAPANESE ARTILLERY

WW1 ROMANIAN ARTILLERY

WW1 RUSSIAN ARTILLERY

WW1 SERBIAN ARTILLERY

WW1 UNITED KINGDOM ARTILLERY

WW1 USA ARTILLERY

 

CENTRAL POWERS:

 WW1 AUSTRIA-HUNGARY ARTILLERY

WW1 BULGARIAN ARTILLERY

WW1 GERMAN ARTILLERY

WW1 OTTOMAN EMPIRE ARTILLERY