|German 1940 LFH 18 serial number 17 in the HBO mini-series "Band of Brothers", episode 2
"Day of Days", above photo.
In this scene 1st Lt Spears of "D" Company, 506th PIR is seen assaulting the gun crew
Photo copyright HBO films 2002.
Type: 10,5cm le FH 18
Model: leichte Feldhaubitze 18
Manufacturer: Fried Krupp
Serial Number: 17
|This 10,5cm howitzer was produced in 1940 by Fried Krupp in Essen, Germany as serial number 17. This
howitzer served in the German military through World War Two and was then sold to Spain after the war. This
gun was then purchased with four other howitzers of the same style by The Steven Spielberg movie company.
All five howitzers, to include this one, were used in the HBO mini-series “Band Of Brothers”, the story of Easy
Company ("E” Company), 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (506 PIR), 101st Airborne Division during World
War Two. This specific gun was captured by 1st Lt Spears, "D" Company 506th PIR, in Episode 2, "Day of
This artillery piece was deactivated in compliance with BATFE regulations by the removal of the original breech block and replacement with a solid non-firing one piece breech block.
|Panoramic Telescope M16/18 mount, above left photo.
Shell storage and shipping containers, above right photo.
In the center of the photo are three wood and steel shipping boxes for the 10,5cm projectile. On the trail, or leg, is one 10,5cm
model 6342 steel shell casing with C/12 primer and a bakelite can for the gunpowder bag. The 10,5cm le FH 18 used separately
loaded rounds: the shell (projectile), gun powder bag, and shell casing were pushed into the breech separately, instead of one
complete fixed round.
|10,5cm Field Howitzer 18 gun sight storage box, above left photo.
10,5cm Shell Casings and storage containers, above right photo.
Shown in this photo are six gunpowder increment or gain bag shipping boxes for the 10,5cm Field Howitzer 18 (the increment
bag was used to add more gun-powder to the shell casing for distance), two wicker shell casing shipping cases (each held six
shell casings), thirteen shell casings, eight bakelite fuze shipping containers and one AZ23 Fuze.
|10,5cm Gunpowder bag shipping boxes for the 10,5cm Field Howitzer 18, above left photo.
The shell casing for the lFH 18 was loaded with the gunpowder bag just prior to firing. This was done to adjust and correct for
Stenciled markings on the boxes, above right photo. The lower photo shows that these boxes were intended for use by the
German Army (Heeres).
|Quest Masters does not plan to restore this artillery piece, but rather display it in the camouflage scheme that was used in the
|Rundblickfernrohr 16 (Rbl. F. 16) Panoramic Telescope, above two photos.
The Panoramic Telescope Rbl. F. 16, which was later replaced by the Rbl. F. 32 and 36, was used on the 10,5cm lFH18. It is a
4-power, fixed-focus type telescope used for firing the howitzer. The example shown above was recovered from Normandy
France by QuestMasters in 2015. The optical box has been restored by QuestMasters. The paint, stenciling, web carrying
handles with steel fitting and wooden internal mounts were all done by QuestMasters. The steel box is made by avb43 (1943)
with Waffen Amt inspection stamp. The telescope is marked: Rbl.F16(B) and was made by A.G. Hahn, Cassel, serial number
|Winkel Messer 35, above photo.
The Winkel Messer 35 was a clinometer that allowed the gunner of the 10,5cm lFH 18 to adjust the incline or elevation of the
howitzer. The example shown above is the early World War Two variation that was supplied in a fitted wooden box with black
stenciling on the lid. Later versions were supplied in a steel storage box. The lid is marked W.M.35 (1/6400). The clinometer is
marked with the same markings and was made by Franz Kuhlmann Wilhelmshaven, serial number 15292.
|Zundschrauben C/12 n.A., above photo.
The box shown above is for 20 C/12 n.A. (neue Art - new design') replaceable percussion primers used in the shell casing of
the 10,5cm lFH 18 (as well as other German shell casings). The primer is threaded and was intended to be fitted to a shell
casing prior to use and could be replaced in the field so a shell casing could be fired again if it did not have any damage. The
box is marked 20 Stuck, Zundschrauben C/12 n.A. Ausfuhrung: B, Art des Schwartzpulvers: Erlenholzkohle, 41 dwx and was
packaged on January 20th 1941.
The box is shown with 17 fired primers.