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"German 105-mm Antiaircraft Gun" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following U.S. military report on the German 105-mm antiaircraft gun was originally published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 10, Oct. 22, 1942.

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Although it is probable that the Germans will retain the 88-mm gun as armament of their heavy AA artillery, due to its successful employment in the past and particularly because of its value as a mobile dual-purpose weapon, it is known that the 105-mm AA gun ranks high in German priorities for war production.

At present it is believed that the 105-mm gun is employed purely as a fixed weapon. A limited number of mobile mounts appeared at Hitler's birthday parade in 1939, but the mount proved to be unsatisfactory. Recent reports indicate, however, that a new tractor-drawn mount is being developed, and it is probable that the Germans intend to use this weapon in both an antiaircraft and antitank role.

Particulars of the 105-mm gun are as follows:

Muzzle velocity       2,890 f/s
Length of bore60 cals
Maximum horizontal range19,075 yds
Effective vertical range36,700 ft
Rate of fire (practical)8 to 10 rpm
Weight in action11.56 tons
Elevation -3° to +85°
Weight of projectile32 lbs
Types of ammunitionHE with time fuze
HE with percussion fuze
AP shell


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