10.5 cm SK L/40 naval gun

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10.5 cm SK L/40
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A gun salvaged from the light cruiser Königsberg and mounted on the gunboat SS Graf von Götzen on Lake Tanganyika
Type Naval gun
Place of origin German Empire
Service history
In service 1900—1945
Used by German Empire
Weimar Republic
Nazi Germany
Wars World War I
World War II
Production history
Designed about 1898–1900
Weight 1,555 kilograms (3,428 lb)
Length 4.475 meters (14 ft 8.2 in)

Shell Fixed Brass Casing:
105 millimetres (4.1 in)
x 656 millimetres (25.8 in)
Shell weight 16–17.4 kilograms (35–38 lb)
Caliber 105 millimeters (4.1 in)
Breech horizontal sliding-block
Elevation -10° to +30°
Traverse 360°
Rate of fire 15 RPM
Muzzle velocity 690 m/s (2,300 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 12,200 metres (13,300 yd) at 30°

The 10.5 cm SK L/40 (SK - Schnelladekanone (quick-loading cannon) L - Länge (with a 40-caliber long barrel) was a German naval gun used in World War I and World War II.


The 10.5 cm SK L/40 gun weighed 1,555 kilograms (3,428 lb), had an overall length of 4.475 m (14 ft 8.2 in). It used a horizontal sliding-block breech design.

Naval Use[edit]

Surviving examples[edit]

Gun from SMS Königsberg, which served ashore in the East Africa Campaign in World War I, outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa.

See also[edit]


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  • Campbell, John (2002). Naval Weapons of World War Two. London: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-87021-459-4. 
  • Gander, Terry; Chamberlain, Peter (1979). Weapons of the Third Reich: An Encyclopedic Survey of All Small Arms, Artillery and Special Weapons of the German Land Forces 1939–1945. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-15090-3. 
  • Hogg, Ian V. (1997). German Artillery of World War Two (2nd corrected ed.). Mechanicsville, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 1-85367-480-X. 
  • Rolf, Rudi (1998). Der Atlantikwall: Bauten der deutschen Küstenbefestigungen 1940-1945. Osnabrück: Biblio. ISBN 3-7648-2469-7. 
  • Rolf, Rudi (2004). A Dictionary on Modern Fortification: An Illustrated Lexicon on European Fortification in the Period 1800-1945. Middleburg, Netherlands: PRAK. 

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