Thanks to the drastic expansion of arms factorie I the Great W ar and a concentration on the artillery i by 1916 Russia was virtually self-sufficient in howi 4 and field guns, and was producing three-quarters <n heavy artillery it needed. The ammunition stock« set aside by 1917 proved enough to see the Red \J through much of the Civil W ar.

The 3-inch field gun M.1902, the 3-inch mrnia gun \1.1909 and the M.1910 howitzer made upJ bulk of the Red Army's light artillery . The two ■ common makes of heavy artillery were the 4^-1 (107mm calibre) field gun M.1910 and the '<-1 1910-pattern howitzer. The French 120mm c J M.1878 was also available in small numbers.

Alongside these pieces were a number of w previously employed by the Tsarist Army for "fl warfare. These were the 6-inch M.1904 siege I British 6-inch and 8-inch \ iekers howitzers, t I inch M.1914 Sneider howitzer, the Obukhov PI. fl inch \1.1915 howitzer, the 10-inch coastal canm 37mm M.1915 trench gun and 37mm and 40mn I malic guns mounted on ordinary split-trail fie I carriages.

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