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28 cm SK L/40

Coastal Artillery




28 cm SK L/40

Service Data:

In Service: 1916 to 1945

Production Data:

Manufacturer: Krupp
Number built:

Technical Data:

Type: Schiffskanone

Calibre: 283 mm
Length: 11.200 m
Weight: kg
Breech: horizontal sliding block, percussion fired
Recoil:
Carriage:
Elevation: -5° to +45°
Traverse: 360
Rate of fire: rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity: 820 m/s
Effective range: 29,500 m
Shell Weight: 240.00 kg
Used by: Heer
Variants:

Other: Coastal Artillery
Articles:

History:

The 28 cm SK L/40 (28 cm Schiffskanone L/40) Originally designed as a naval guns by Krupp and they became the main armament of the Braunschweig and Deutschland-class Pre-dreadnought battleships Braunschweig, Hessen, Preußen, Deutschland, Schlesien, and Schleswig-Holstein. Due to the poor performance of the guns during the Battle of Jutland it was decided to adapted them for land use. The 28 cm SK L/40 naval guns were continued to be used throughout World War I as coastal defence batteries and railway guns. The Heer (Army) used two of those guns during World War II for coast defence duties on the Gironde Estuary for the rest of the war.

Gallery:

28 cm SK L/40 picture 2

Heer Comments

Sources:

German Artillery in World War II. 1939-1945.
ISBN-10: 0887407625

German Artillery of World War Two.
ISBN-10: 1853672610

German infantry weapons of World War II.
ISBN-10: 0882543725

German Small Arms of World War II.
ISBN-10: 0896730239

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