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10 cm Kanone 04
A K 04 at the U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum, Ft. Sill, OK
Type Field gun
Place of origin German Empire
Service history
In service 1905-1918
Used by  German Empire
Wars World War I
Production history
Designer Krupp
Designed 1904
Manufacturer Krupp
Produced 1905-?
Variants 10 cm K 04/12
Weight 2,428 kg (5,353 lbs)
Barrel length 4.725 m (15.5 ft) (L/35)

Shell fixed ammunition (one piece containing both projectile and cartridge casing
Caliber 105 mm (4.13 in)
Breech vertical sliding wedge
Recoil hydro-spring variable recoil
Carriage box trail
Elevation -5° to +30°
Traverse 3° 59'
Rate of fire 1 round per 2 minutes
Muzzle velocity 551 m/s (1,808 ft/s)
Effective range 10,398 m (11,264 yards)

The 10 cm Kanone 04 (10 cm K 04) was a field gun used by Germany in World War I. It was the second heavy gun with modern recoil system accepted by the German Army. It was produced as a replacement for the 10 cm K 99 and the Lang 15 cm Kanone 92. Although the standard version lacked a gunshield, some models, such as the 10 cm K 04/12, were fitted with a special gunshield and some other minor modifications. There was only 32 in service at the outbreak of the war.[1]

It could be transported in one load by a team of six horses, or it could be broken down into 2 loads (tandem hitches) for crossing rough terrain.


  • Jäger, Herbert. German Artillery of World War One. Ramsbury, Marlborough, Wiltshire: Crowood Press, 2001 ISBN 1-86126-403-8


  1. Jäger, p. 29

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