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10 cm Kanone 14
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A K 14 at the U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum, Ft. Sill, OK
Type Field gun
Place of origin German Empire
Service history
In service 1915-1918
Used by  German Empire
 Bulgaria
Wars World War I
Production history
Designer Krupp
Designed 1912-14
Manufacturer Krupp
Produced 1915-18
Number built 724
Specifications
Weight 2,820 kg (6,217 lbs)
Barrel length 4.725 m (15 ft 6 in) L/35

Shell separate-loading, cased charge
Caliber 105 mm (4.13 in)
Breech semi-automatic horizontal sliding wedge
Recoil hydro-spring variable recoil
Carriage box trail
Elevation -5° to +45°
Traverse
Effective range 12,085 m (13,092 yards)

The 10 cm Kanone 14 (10 cm K 14) was a field gun used by Germany and Bulgaria in World War I. It was intended to replace the 10 cm K 04. In many ways, it was a heavily modified K 04 intended to be able to engage aircraft. It was mounted on a firing platform to give it a fast 360° traverse. Its elevation was increased 15° over the older gun and it was given a heavy and complicated variable recoil system to minimize problems when firing at high angles. A double elevation sighting system was fitted to increase accuracy against aerial targets. Despite these modifications, it proved to be a complete failure as an anti-aircraft gun. It was placed into production on the outbreak of World War I and the first guns were delivered by May 1915.

It could be transported in one load by a team of six horses, with the baseplate stowed over the trails. Two batteries worth were modified to be broken down for use in mountainous terrain.

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