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10.5 cm schwere Kanone 18/40
Type Field gun
Place of origin Germany
Service history
Used by Nazi Germany
Wars World War II
Production history
Produced 1943-45
Weight 5,680 kg (12,520 lb)[1]
Barrel length 6.3 m (21 ft) L/60

Shell separate-loading, cased charge
Shell weight 15.14 kg (33.4 lb)
Caliber 105 mm (4.1 in)
Breech horizontal sliding block
Carriage split trail
Elevation 0° to +45°
Traverse 56°[1]
Rate of fire 6 rpm
Muzzle velocity 910 m/s (3,000 ft/s)
Effective range 21 km (13 mi)[1]

The 10.5 cm schwere Kanone 18/40 was a field gun used by Germany in World War II. The 18/40 arose from a O.K.H request to produce a variant of the 10.5 cm schwere Kanone 18 with greater range. Both Krupp and Rheinmetal produced similar, but competing designs. Production was proposed in 1941, but delayed until 1943 because it was felt its introduction would disrupt existing production schedules. When it did go into production it was designated as the 10.5 cm schwere Kanone 18/42. The main difference between the schwere Kanone 18 and schwere Kanone 18/42 were a longer barrel and the same carriage as the 15 cm sFH 18/40.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Chamberlain, Peter (1975). Light and medium field artillery. Gander, Terry. New York: Arco. p. 31. ISBN 0668038209. OCLC 2067331. 

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