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50mm Brandt mortar model 1937
60mm Brandt mortar model 1935
25mm Puteaux anti-tank gun model 1937
81.4mm Brandt mortar model 1927/31
81.4mm Brandt mortar model 1939
37mm Bofors anti-tank gun model 1936
47mm Breda anti-tank gun model 1935
47mm Bohler anti-tank gun model 1935
50mm Pak 38 anti-tank gun model 1938
75mm Pak 97/38 anti-tank gun model 1897/38
75mm Pak 40 anti-tank gun model 1940
75mm DT-UDR 26 anti-tank gun model 1943
75mm Schneider-Putilov field gun model 1902/36
75mm Krupp field gun model 1904
75mm Puteaux field gun model 1897
75mm Skoda field gun model 1928
76mm field gun model 1942
105mm Schneider field gun model 1936
100mm Skoda field howitzer model 1934
105mm Krupp field howitzer model 1898/09
105mm Krupp field howitzer model 1912
105mm Krupp field howitzer model 1916
105mm Krupp field howitzer model 1918/40
105mm Skoda field howitzer model 1940/43
120mm De Bange field howitzer model 1878
122mm field howitzer model 1910/30
150mm Skoda field howitzer model 1934
75mm Skoda mountain gun model 1915
75mm Schneider mountain gun model 1906/09
76.2mm Putilov mountain gun model 1909
100mm Skoda mountain howitzer model 1916
105mm Bohler mountain howitzer model 1940
13.2mm Hotchkiss antiaircraft machine-gun model 1931
25mm Hotchkiss antiaircraft gun model 1939
20mm Oerlikon antiaircraft gun model 1928
20mm Gustloff antiaircraft gun model 1938
37mm Rheinmetall antiaircraft gun model 1939
40mm Bofors antiaircraft gun model 1930
75mm Vickers antiaircraft gun model 1936/39
76.5mm Skoda antiaircraft gun model 1925
88mm Krupp antiaircraft gun model 1936
155mm Schneider field gun model 1917
105mm Krupp field howitzer model 1918/40
105mm Krupp field howitzer model 1918/40

The 10.5-cm leFH 18 field howitzer was one of the main pieces of the German artillery during Second World War. Designed by Rheinmetall in late 20s, it was ready for service by 1935. A sound weapon in regard of its technical characteristics, its main drawback was the weight, being too heavy for the mobile character of the field operations, as it was proven on the Eastern Front. The weapon was exported in many countries, including Spain, Hungary, Portugal and some South American nations. In order to increase the range of the gun by using a more powerful propellant charge, a muzzle break was added, the modified howitzer being designated 10.5-cm leFH 18(M). While the weapon fulfilled its role with success in the first part of the war, during the years 1941-42 on the Eastern Front, many were lost to the muddy terrain due to heavy weight and lack of motor traction. In order to solve the problem of mobility, the solution chosen was to use the carriage of the 7.5-cm Pak 40, on which was mounted the leFH 18(M) gun, the shield and the cradle, the resulting piece being designated 10.5-cm leFH 18/40.

Calibre 105mm
Length of piece 3.31m
Weight 1955kg
Elevation -5° +42°
Traverse 60°
Shell weight 14.81kg
Muzzle velocity 540 m/s
Maximum range 12,325m
Author: Dragos Pusca
Chris Bishop, The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Barnes & Noble Books, 1998.
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