[Lone Sentry: German Long-Range 172-mm Gun, WWII Tactical and Technical Trends]
  [Lone Sentry: Photographs, Documents and Research on World War II]
Home Page | Site Map | What's New | Intel Articles by Subject

"German Long-Range 172-mm Gun" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following brief report on the German 17-cm Kanone 18 was originally printed in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 22, April 8, 1943.

[DISCLAIMER: The following text is taken from the U.S. War Department publication Tactical and Technical Trends. As with all wartime intelligence information, data may be incomplete or inaccurate. No attempt has been made to update or correct the text. Any views or opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of the website.]


From the Middle East, unconfirmed details are reported of a 50-caliber, 172-mm (6.7 in) gun with a range of over 30,000 yards, as follows:

Caliber    172.5 mm (6.79 in)
Length of bore50 calibers (approx)
Muzzle velocity1,970 - 2,300 f/s
Maximum range30,520 yds
Traverse - on platform 360°
Traverse - on carriage 16°
Weight of shell140 lbs (approx)
AmmunitionPercussion, or time fuze
Rate of fire1 rpm
Gun detachment12
Weight in action16 1/2 tons

Normally the gun and carriage are separated for transport, but they have been towed complete by an 18-ton half-track vehicle.


[Back] Back to Articles by Subject | Intel Bulletin by Issue | T&TT by Issue | Home Page

Web LoneSentry.com