In 1933 Krupp was selected to make the carriage and Rheinmetall the carriage for the 15 cm gun. This became the standard field howitzer for the army.
The early version was made to be towed by horses and was split into two loads. Soon it was designed to be towed by a half track.
When compared to the Soviet 152 mm, it was outclassed by the range. Attempts were made to increase the 15-cm's range by adding two additional propellant charges, but these were found to cause excessive wear on the gun and the carriage.
Was placed in the Hummel.
Naval units were given sFH 18s to be used in the Atlantic Wall defences.
These had muzzle brake installed to help reduce coil but wasn't a great success and few were modified.
|15-cm schwere Feldhaubitze 18|
149 mm, 150 mm
|Length of gun||14' 6.8", 14.75 '
4.44 m, 4.495 m
|Length of bore||13.53'
Right hand twist, 1/36 to 1/18
|Weight traveling||13,898 lb
|Weight in action||12,152 lb, 12,154 lb
|Elevation||-3° to + 45°|
|Range of shell||14,490 yards, 14,570 yards
13,250 m, 13,325 m
|Shell weight||95.9 lb
HE: 95.92 lb
HE: 43.5 kg
|Breech mechanism||horizontal sliding block, percussion fired|