German WW2 Era Hf.13 Gulaschkanone 

Above:  The German “Gulaschkanone” was present throughout WW1 and WW2. These simple wood burning stoves mounted on a caisson like wagon frame could feed hundreds of men hot food even while on the march. They were found throughout the branches of the German Army including Artillery, and Anti-Tank units. Many original photos show the Gulaschkanone in service surrounded by smiling soldiers. These photos do not seem to be propaganda works. Troops are almost always happy when served hot food in austere conditions. The example in the Lovett Collection is the large model. There are two variations of this large horse drawn field kitchen, the Hf.11 which was in service as early as WW1 and continued a career until the end of WW2. After WW1, the Hf.13 was brought into German Army service. It is almost as symbolic of the average German soldier’s life at the front as the steel helmet, the Mauser rifle, and the potato masher grenade. The Hf.13 only differs from the older Hf.11 in a few details such as having a cylinder-shaped smokestack, versus the Hf.11 tapered stack. The Hf.13 in the collection is dated 1942 and undoubtedly saw heavy service in WW2

 Above:  A front view of the Hf.13 Gulashkanone showing the lunette hitch for it to mount to the Gulaschkanone Limber (protze).  The limber  would have one or two horse teams harnessed in order to tow the Hf.13 on the march. This lunette is damaged and will be repaired. The simple cylinder-shaped smokestack is also seen in this view. It can be folded back on the march. In this way, the field kitchen looks even more like another cannon with its barrel rear facing as it is towed behind a similar limber and horse team to the other artillery of the battery

Above:  A side view of the Hf.13 Field Kitchen showing a 29 gallon coffee boiler, and a storage compartment for glycerin and axel grease. Something that I did not fully comprehend until getting this Gulaschkanone is that these compartments are fairly easily removable. There is a steel plate missing on the side that presumably would have served as a barrier to the thin sheet metal of the coffee boiler and likely to prevent heat injury from touching the heated surfaces

 Above:  Another side view but at this angle you can see the three stoves under the three compartments of the Hf.13 Field Kitchen

 Above: This rear view shows the three stove openings under the three cooking/boiling compartments of the field kitchen

 Above:  Another front view with a few potential soup and coffee customers in the background

 Above:  Collapsible chimney roster. I understand this could have been used for sausages. Looking at original photos of the Hf.13 it seems most did not have this feature. However, it was still a wartime variation of the Hf.13

 Above:  The Hf.13 Gulaschkanone in the Lovett Collection is dated 1942 and has the three letter manufacturer code of “dth” and the serial number 1648. I understand that the manufacturer “dth” refers to A. Voss from Lohne, Oldenburg, Germany 

Above:  Another front view of the Hf.13

Above:  A view of the Hf.13 with a side compartment and the rear cover removed

Above:  The side stove and coffee compartment removed

 Above: Several compartments removed

 Above:  Compartments for salt, coffee, a coffee grinder and other materials

Above:  Compartment for salt, coffee, a coffee grinder and other materials

Above:  Compartments for salt, coffee, a coffee grinder and other materials

Above:  53/46 gallon enameled pressure cooker double boiler

Above:  Rear view

Above:  A large can opener sitting on top of the boiler lid

Above:  Container for cans of axel grease, a meat grinder and other materials

Above:  The hatch for the removable 29 gallon coffee boiler

Above:  Front view

Above:  Front view

 Above: Base of the smokstack 

Above:  New made instruction plates for the Hf.13

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