15cm KANONE 39

15cm KANONE 39
Image: 15cm K 39 (IWM)
Weapon TypeHeavy Gun
Origin & DesignerGermany/Krupp
Numbers Produced64
Elevation-3° to +46°
Traverse60° (Carriage) 360° (Turntable Mount)
BreechHorizontal Block
Gun Sight[@gun_sight]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
CarriageSplit Trail
Gun Shield[@gun_shield]
Armoured Plate[@armoured_plate]
Barrel Length8.195mm (L/55)
Overall Length[@length]
WeightWeight in Traction: 18.282 kg
Weight in Action: 12.200 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 Range24.700m
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
TractionMotorised (2 x Sd.Kfz 8s)
NotesThe K39 was initially designed for export but due to the start of hostilities the German army took over the rest of the consignment. It was dual purpose heavy gun, which could be used as a coastal gun or a heavy field gun. It came with a turntable which allowed for 360 degrees of traverse. It was transported in two main loads, with a third required if the turntable was needed. The K39 took part in the battle for France in 1940 and served on the Russian front. Many ended up as static guns located in coastal batteries.