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The canon at Hugh Cairns Armoury

Located at the Hugh Cairns Armoury is a "15-cm-Kanone 16“ or "K 16“ for short. The canon is missing its wheel carriage and is therefore mounted on a barrel transporter carriage. It was in service from 1917 to 1945 and could fire shells up to 22 kilometers in distance.

It was donated to the City of Saskatoon by the Canadian Government in 1919. Documentation from the Saskatoon City Archives reveals that the City Clerk asked the Director of War Trophies for some of these pieces to be sent to Saskatoon. Lieut. Col. A.G. Douglas replied and said that two guns were being shipped to Saskatoon. By 1927, this gun was located at the Saskatoon Exhibition grounds, and then in 1978 it was moved to the Armory on Idylwyld.

The "K 16" cannon on the Hugh Cairns Armoury
The "K 16" cannon on the Hugh Cairns Armoury | © Goethe-Institut Montreal
The K 16 was a heavy field gun used by Germany in World War I and World War II. Guns turned over to Belgium as reparations after World War I were taken into "Wehrmacht" - the unified armed forces of Germany from 1935 to 1945 and served after the conquest of Belgium as the "15 cm K 429(b)". It generally was used on coast-defense duties during World War II.

The designer of the canon was "Friedrich Krupp AG", now known as "ThyssenKrupp AG". It was one of Europe’s largest companies early in the 20th century. The company played an important role in the realm of weapon development and production during World War I and II. For 400 years Krupp flourished as the premier weapons manufacturer for Germany. From the start of the Thirty Years' War until the end of the Second World War, they manufactured everything from battleships, to U-boats, tanks, howitzers and guns, among many other things.

Sgt. Hugh Cairns V.C. Armoury
930 Idylwyld Dr N
Saskatoon, SK