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Interesting that english wiki article only briefly mentions that this three-incher was used by Finnish Army.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/76_mm_divisional_gun_M1902

"...were employed by different factions: ... national armies of Poland and Finland..."

In fact 76 K/02 was the most numerous field gun in finnish artillery park during WWII!

http://jaegerplatoon.net/ARTILLERY3.htm

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A bit of recent minor research provides the opportunity to update this thread.  I found some photos of captured German guns on Britain's Imperial War Museum site that just didn't seem to be quite right... 

Identified by the IWM as "Captured 15 cm (150 mm) Ringkanone 92 German gun near Mametz Wood, 10th August 1916."However, the 15cm Ringkanone M92 had a much longer barrel and a different carriage. This is more likely a Russian Obukhov 152mm (120 pood) Fortress Gun M77 on a siege carriage, captured by the Germans and put into use with Landwehr Fussartillerie units. (4 of 4 photos)

The IWM caption reads: "Moving a captured German 15 cm (150 mm) Ringkanone 92 gun near Mametz Wood, 10th August 1916."

However, the German 15cm Ringkanone M92 had a much longer barrel and a different carriage. After some discussion on another forum and further photo searching on the internet, I've come to the conclusion this is more likely a Russian Obukhov 152mm (120 pood) Fortress Gun M77 on a siege carriage.  100s of the guns were captured by the Germans on the Eastern Front and supposedly put into use with Landwehr Fussartillerie units.

Here is the Russian Obukhov 152mm (120 pood) Fortress Gun M77 on a fortress carriage in position near near Kurtengof, Latvia, September 1915 (also from the internet).

Russian Obukhov 152mm (120 pood) Fortress Gun M77 on a fortress carriage in position near Kurtengof, Latvia, September 1915.

And another (from the internet) at Lappeenranta, Finland; a memorial to the Finnish Artillery School officer course 1918-1919.

Russian Obukhov 152mm (120 pood) Fortress Gun M77 on a siege carriage.  This piece in Lappeenranta, Finland, is a memorial to the Finnish Artillery School officer course 1918-1919 and was likely used in the Finnish Civil War, 1918-1919.

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47-mm gun Hotchkiss system. Many removed from Russian naval ships after the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-05 and fitted with wooden wheel carriage systems.

topwar.ru/15422-batalonnye-pushki-19151930-gg.html

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