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modern howitzer click to hear : modern howitzer

Direct-fire piece of artillery that launches a round of oval projectiles (shells); its size is between that of a cannon and a mortar.
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float spade lifting handle trail towing eye drawbar drawbar lock barrel locking ring carriage elevating hand-wheel equilibrator firing lanyard cradle firing shaft sliding breech breechblock breechblock operating lever assembly recuperator cylinder front head recoil sleigh recuperator cylinder elevating arc

float click to hear : float

Metal plate that supports the trail during firing and prevents the spades from sinking too deeply into the ground.

spade click to hear : spade

Cone-shaped double plate that is used to anchor the weapon to the ground in firing position.

lifting handle click to hear : lifting handle

Handle used to lift the trail to move the howitzer.

trail click to hear : trail

Support for the carriage; it is used to point the howitzer toward the target.

towing eye click to hear : towing eye

Ring used to attach the howitzer to a towing vehicle.

drawbar click to hear : drawbar

Metal rod that supports the towing eye; it is used to tow the howitzer and move the spades.

drawbar lock click to hear : drawbar lock

Device that makes it possible to pivot and lock the drawbar.

barrel click to hear : barrel

Tubular part that guides the trajectory of the projectile.

locking ring click to hear : locking ring

Piece that locks the barrel assembly and the recoil system.

carriage click to hear : carriage

Mounting for the barrel that sits on top of the trail; its function is to aim and move the barrel.

elevating hand-wheel click to hear : elevating hand-wheel

Wheel that controls the movement of the elevating arc.

equilibrator click to hear : equilibrator

Hydraulic or spring-loaded system used to apply force to the cradle so that the barrel assembly and the recoil system are balanced on the carriage.

firing lanyard click to hear : firing lanyard

Device that makes it possible to fire a projectile.

cradle click to hear : cradle

Piece on which the barrel rests.

firing shaft click to hear : firing shaft

Metal rod that transfers the thrust of the firing lanyard to the trigger when the howitzer is fired.

sliding breech click to hear : sliding breech

Metal casing that houses the breechblock.

breechblock click to hear : breechblock

Sliding part at the back of the howitzer that contains the firing mechanism.

breechblock operating lever assembly click to hear : breechblock operating lever assembly

Lever that opens and closes the breechblock to load and unload the howitzer.

recuperator cylinder front head click to hear : recuperator cylinder front head

Part that is removed to check and replace the recuperator cylinder’s hydraulic fluid.

recoil sleigh click to hear : recoil sleigh

Double ring on the end of the cradle that allows the barrel to recoil when the charge explodes.

recuperator cylinder click to hear : recuperator cylinder

Hydraulic cylinder used to bring the barrel back into firing position.

elevating arc click to hear : elevating arc

Device with an arc-shaped cogwheel that is used to adjust the height of the shot.