The Light and Medium Batteries.
There was a number
of different guns present at the defence line. From 7,7 cm field guns
to 15 cm field haubits and naval guns.
The Guns that came from the army artillery guns from the navy and coastal defence.
Gunners form the
army and gunners from
It is possible
that occupied guns had been used. The Defence Line was
reserve, and therefore it didn't
get the modern guns.
They were sendt to the Western and the Eastern
We know for sure, that in one occation occupied guns has been used (Beutekanonen).
At at least one battery Frensh guns from
Schneider-Canet has been used. Beside France,
only Denmark had guns like these, and the Danish guns were at the time placed
On several occations we meet guns that has been taken out of the old Kiel
Forts as Herwarth, Röepsdorff, Höhe and Freienfelde.
Forts from the late 19th century and from an artillery point of view,
old and useless.
In general there was
great need for artillery. The number of men in the Imperial Army was doubled
6 times, which meant radical
changes in the organisation. From 669 to 2300
infantry battallions and from 642 to 2900 field artillery batallions.
Initially the Army-Corps (two infantry divisions and a artillery brigade)
were the biggest unit. Later the division became the largest
unit (one infantry brigade, an artilley command of
a size fit to the task and a heavy artillery batallion.)
In order to arm all the new artilley units, the batteries went from 6 to 4
guns. Also occupied guns were used. It is most lightly, that
occupied guns has been used in the Defence Line
in Jutland which, after all, was secondary.
It seems, that new artillery units were formed when guns for them were