15cm KANONE 18

15cm KANONE 18
Image: 15cm K18
YearJanuary 1938
Weapon TypeHeavy Gun
Origin & DesignerGermany/Rheinmetall
Numbers Produced101
Elevation-2° to +43°
BreechHorizontal Block
Gun Sight[@gun_sight]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
CarriageBox Trail
Gun Shield[@gun_shield]
Armoured Plate[@armoured_plate]
Barrel Length6.432mm (L/55)
Overall Length8.60m
WeightWeight in Traction: 18.600 kg (Two Loads)
Weight in Action: 12.460 kg
Round Weight43.5 kg
Muzzle Velocity865 m/s
Magazine Capacity[@magazine_capacity]
Practical Rate of Fire[@practical_rate_of_fire]
Rate of Fire2 r.p.m.
Maximum Rate of Fire[@maximum_rate_of_fire]
Maximum Ceiling[@maximum_ceiling]
Maximum Ground Range[@maximum_ground_range]
Maximum Range24.500m
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
TractionMotorised (Sd.Kfz 8)
NotesWhen the German army decided to modernise its artillery arm, one of its aims was to up-date its long range guns. Many of their 150mm K16 guns had been handed over to Belgium as war reparations, so a new weapon was built which had excellent range and accuracy. The 150 K18 was heavy and needed to be transported in two loads, once assembled it came with a turntable allowed for 360 degrees of traverse. Only 100 were built and because of the transport and assemble problems many were used in static positions in coastal fortifications.