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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's 7.5-cm Gebirgsgeschütz 36

Rheinmetall-Borsig was given the task to develop a new artillery weapon for the mountain infantry in 1935.

It entered service in 1938. It had variable recoil and a large pepperpot type muzzle brake.

Usage

It could be broken down into eight loads. It was fairly easy for the troops to handle it and it had good stability.

7.5-cm Gebirgsgeschütz 43

Rheinmetall and Bohler offered designs, and Bohler's was chosen.

Only four were produced.

  7.5-cm Gebirgsgeschütz 36
Caliber 2.95"
75 mm
Length of gun 57"
1.4475 m
Rifling  
Length of rifling  
Weight traveling  
Weight in action 1,653 lb
750 kg
Elevation -10° to +70°
Traverse 40°
Muzzle Velocity 1,558'/sec
475 m/sec
Range of shell 10,390 yards
9,150 m
Shell weight 12.85 lb
5.83 kg
Armor penetration  
Breech mechanism  

Sources:

  1. Artillery of World War II, Chris Chant, 2001
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site