A cannon whose length varies from 5 to 10 calibers with carriages designed to permit greater elevation than a gun. A howitzer is intended to fire shells horizontally or at higher angles. Described by diameter of shell, 8 inch, 5 and 1/2 inch, etc.
A relatively shorter-barreled cannon with a chamber at the base of the bore, designed to take a smaller charge. Its range is shorter than that of a gun, and the trajectory of the projectile shows more arc.
Compared with a gun, a howitzer is a short barrelled equipment firing a heavier shell a shorter distance at a lower MV with a higher trajectory. Although possibly incorrectly, a gunner will normally refer to his howitzer as 'his gun'.
A Howitzer is a cannon with a short barrel. It fires shells at medium velocity, with a very high trajectory, but with a relatively short range. Howitzers are not self-loading. Howitzers use Artillery Ammo.
A howitzer is a type of field artillery. The name derives (via German: Haubitze and Dutch: houwitser) from the Czech word houfnice, denoting a 15th century cannon used by Hussites during the Hussite Wars. Classic howitzers are distinguished from other types of cannon artillery by their trajectory in that they tend to fire at high angles and deliver plunging fire.