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8.8 cm SK C/31
Type Naval gun
Place of origin Germany
Service history
In service 1933—1945
Used by Nazi Germany
Wars World War II
Production history
Designed 1931–33
Weight about 4,255 kilograms (9,381 lb)
Length about 6.87 meters (22 ft 6 in)
Barrel length 6.341 meters (20 ft 9.6 in) (bore length)

Shell Fixed
Shell weight 9–9.4 kilograms (20–21 lb)
Caliber 88 millimeters (3.5 in)
Breech vertical sliding-block
Muzzle velocity 950 m/s (3,100 ft/s)

The 8.8 cm SK C/31[Note 1] was a German naval gun that was used in World War II.


The 8.8 cm SK C/31 gun weighed 4,255 kilograms (9,381 lb), had an overall length of 6.87 meters (22 ft 6 in) and its bore length was 6.341 meters (20 ft 9.6 in). It used a vertical sliding-block breech design.

Naval mountings[]


  • High Explosive (HE)
  • Illuminating (ILLUM)

See also[]


  1. SK - Schnelladekanone (quick loading cannon); C - Construktionsjahr (year of design)


  • Campbell, John (2002). Naval Weapons of World War Two. London: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-87021-459-4. 
  • Gander, Terry; Chamberlain, Peter (1979). Weapons of the Third Reich: An Encyclopedic Survey of All Small Arms, Artillery and Special Weapons of the German Land Forces 1939–1945. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-15090-3. 
  • Hogg, Ian V. (1997). German Artillery of World War Two (2nd corrected ed.). Mechanicsville, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 1-85367-480-X. 
  • Rolf, Rudi (1998). Der Atlantikwall: Bauten der deutschen Küstenbefestigungen 1940-1945. Osnabrück: Biblio. ISBN 3-7648-2469-7. 
  • Rolf, Rudi (2004). A Dictionary on Modern Fortification: An Illustrated Lexicon on European Fortification in the Period 1800-1945. Middleburg, Netherlands: PRAK. 

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