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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's 17-cm Kanone 18
17-cm K 18

It was produced by Krupp of Essen and introduced in 1941. The demand for it was great enough that Krupp had to delegate production to Hanomag at Hannover.

By 1942 the 17-cm K 18 was given priority over the 21-cm Mrs 18 because it fired almost the same size shell, but had longer range.

The gun could be traversed the full 360° by a single man.

  17-cm Kanone 18
Caliber 6.79"
172.5 mm
Length of gun 27' 11.8"
8.529 m
Length of bore  
Rifling  
Weight traveling 51,533 lb
23,375 kg
Weight in action 38,625 lb
17,520 kg
Elevation 0° to +50°
Traverse Platform: 360°
Carriage: 16°
Muzzle Velocity 3,035'/sec
925 m/sec
Range of shell 32,370 yards
29,600 m
Shell weight HE: 149.9 lb
HE: 68 kg
Breech mechanism  

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, 1998, Chris Bishop
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site