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CHAPTER VII. WEAPONS
Section IV. ARTILLERY
2. Infantry Guns
a. 75-MM LIGHT INFANTRY GUN (7.5 cm le. I.G. 18). (1) General description. The 7.5 cm le. I.G. 18 is an infantry close-support weapon firing in both lower and upper registers. It has a box-type mount on pneumatic-tired disk wheels, and is fitted with a shield. A modification, the le. Geb. I.G. 18, has wooden-spoked wheels, a split tubular trail, and no shield , this version has similar performance and is used by airborne troops. Both models have an unusual tube, encased in a slipper block. Operation of the breech mechanism causes the rear of the tube to rise clear of the block for loading.
(3) Ammunition. HE and hollow-charge rounds are fired by this gun. The HE rounds weigh 13.2 and 12.13 pounds.
b. 75-MM INFANTRY GUN (7.5 cm le. I.G. 37). (1) General description. The
7.5 cm le. I.G. 37, formerly called 7.5 cm. Pak 37, consists
(3) Ammunition. HE and hollow-charge projectiles are fired. They are identical to those used with the 7.5 cm le. I.G. 18. The hollow-charge projectile will penetrate 75 mm (2.95 inches) at 30 degrees from normal.
c. 150-MM HEAVY INFANTRY GUN (15 cm s. I.G. 33). (1) General
description. The 15 cm s. I.G. 33 is a standard infantry weapon, which
can be used for
(3) Ammunition. HE and smoke projectiles are fired, in addition to a stick bomb. Projectile weights are: HE, 84 pounds; smoke, 85 pounds; and stick bomb, 197 pounds.
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