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Germany's 10.5cm K18 auf Panzer-Selbstfahrlafette IVa; 10.5cm leFH 18 L/52 auf PzSfl IVa

Design

The 10.5cm K 18 auf Panzer-Selbstfahrlafette IVa was built on a PzKpfw IV Ausf D chassis.

Production

  • 10.5cm K18 auf Panzer-Selbstfahrlafette IVa:
    • Production: 1942

Specifications

The 10.5cm K 18 auf Panzer-Selbstfahrlafette IVa was tested on the Eastern Front but was found to not be usable.

  10.5cm K18 auf Panzer-Selbstfahrlafette IVa
Crew 5
Radio FuG5
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 25 tons
Length 7.52 m
Height 3.25 m
Width 2.84 m
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main 105 mm K18 L/52
10cm sFK 18
Secondary  
MG 7.92 mm MG34
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 25
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 50@10°
Hull Front, Lower 50@12°
Hull Sides, Upper 20@0°
Hull Sides, Lower 20@0°
Hull Rear 20@10°
Hull Top 12@90°
Hull Bottom 10@90°
Superstructure Front 30@14°
Mantlet: 50@10°
Superstructure Sides 20@14°
Superstructure Rear 20@20°
Superstructure Top Open
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 120TRM
Transmission 6 forward, 1 reverse.
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 40 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 200 km
Turning Radius 8° left, 8° right.
Elevation Limits -15° to +10°
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  2. Profile, AFV Weapons #55, German Self-Propelled Weapons, Peter Chamberlain, H.L. Doyle, 1973
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site