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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's 10.5-cm Kanone 18,
10.5-cm K 18

The German army wanted a long range gun to be used by the corps instead of the field artillery batteries. Specifications were put out to the underground armaments industry. By 1926 Krupp and Rheinmetall had specimen designs, and prototypes were ready by 1930.

The army decided on the Rheinmetall barrel and the Krupp carriage.

It turned out that the gun was too heavy for the size of projectile fired. The larger 150 mm howitzer was more efficient and fired almost the same distance. In the early years the gun had to be separated into two loads for horses to tow.

  10.5-cm K 18
Caliber 4.13"
105 mm
Length of gun 17' 11"
5.46 m
Length of bore  
Rifling  
Weight traveling 14,187 lb
6,434 kg
Weight in action 12,400 lb
5,624 kg
Elevation 0° to +48°
Traverse 64°
Muzzle Velocity 2,740'/sec
835 m/sec
Range of shell 20,860 yards
19,075 m
Shell weight 33.38 lb
15.14 kg
Breech mechanism  

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Weapons from World War II to the Present Day, 2006, Chris Bishop
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site