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8.8 cm SK L/45
Bundesarchiv Bild 102-13388, Swinemünde, Flak-Kanonen der "Königsberg".jpg
Anti-aircraft guns on light cruiser Königsberg, 1932
Type Naval gun
Naval anti-aircraft gun
Place of origin German Empire
Service history
In service 1905?—1945
Used by German Empire
Nazi Germany
Wars World War I
World War II
Weight about 2.5 metric tons (2.5 long tons; 2.8 short tons)
Length about 4 meters (13 ft 1 in)

Shell separate-loading, case charge
Shell weight 9–10 kilograms (20–22 lb)
Caliber 88 millimeters (3.5 in)
Breech vertical sliding-wedge
Muzzle velocity 650 to 890 m/s (2,100 to 2,900 ft/s)

The 8.8 cm SK L/45 (SK - Schnelladekanone (quick loading cannon) L - Länge (with a 45-caliber barrel) was a German naval gun that was used in World War I on a variety of mounts.


The 8.8 cm SK L/45 gun weighed 2.5 metric tons (2.5 long tons; 2.8 short tons) and had an overall length of about 4 meters (13 ft 1 in). It used a vertical sliding block, or "wedge", as it is sometimes referred to, breech design.

Naval mountings


Armor penetration


Naval guns

See also



  • 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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