10.5 cm leFH 16

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10.5 cm leichte Feldhaubitze 16
10.5 cm leFH 16 LeftSide1921.jpg
A captured leFH 16 in the United States, July 1921
Type Field howitzer
Place of origin German Empire
Service history
In service 1916–45
Used by German Empire
Nazi Germany
Wars World War I
World War II
Production history
Designer Rheinmetall
Designed 1914–16
Produced 1916
Variants leFH 16 n.A
Weight Travel: 2,870 kg (6,330 lb)
Combat: 1,525 kg (3,362 lb)
Length 5.000 m (16 ft 4.9 in)
Barrel length 2.310 m (7 ft 6.9 in) L/22
Width 1.650 m (5 ft 5.0 in)
Height 1.650 m (5 ft 5.0 in)

Shell cased separate-loading
(5 charges) 105 x 155mm R[1]
Shell weight 14.81 kg (32.7 lb) (HE)
14.25 kg (31.4 lb) (AP)
Caliber 105 mm (4.1 in)
Breech horizontal sliding-block
Carriage box trail
Elevation -10° to +40°
Rate of fire 6-8 rpm
Muzzle velocity 395 m/s (1,300 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 9,225 m (10,089 yd)
Filling TNT
Filling weight 1.38 kg (3.0 lb)

The 10.5 cm leichte Feldhaubitze 16 (10.5 cm leFH 16) was a field howitzer used by Germany in World War I and World War II.


The 10.5 cm leichte Feldhaubitze 16 was introduced in 1916 as a successor to 10.5 cm Feldhaubitze 98/09, featuring a longer barrel and hence longer range. It had the same carriage as the 7.7 cm FK 16.

Post war[edit]

The Treaty of Versailles limited the Reichswehr to only 84 light field howitzers, with 800 rounds of ammunition per gun.[2] The leFH 16 remained the standard German howitzer until 1937, when the 10.5 cm leFH 18 began to replace them in the artillery battalions.[3] Guns turned over to Belgium as reparations after World War I were taken into German Army service after the conquest of Belgium as the 10.5 cm leFH 327 (b).



  1. ^ "101". www.quarryhs.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-09-04.
  2. ^ Engelmann 1995, p. 3.
  3. ^ Engelmann 1995, p. 7.


  • Engelmann, J. (1995) [1990]. Deutsche leichte Feldhaubitzen 1935-1945 [German Light Field Artillery in World War II]. Translated by Johnston, D. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing. ISBN 978-0887407604.
  • Engelmann, Joachim and Scheibert, Horst. Deutsche Artillerie 1934-1945: Eine Dokumentation in Text, Skizzen und Bildern: Ausrüstung, Gliederung, Ausbildung, Führung, Einsatz. Limburg/Lahn, Germany: C. A. Starke, 1974
  • Gander, Terry and Chamberlain, Peter. 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, 1979 ISBN 0-385-15090-3
  • Hogg, Ian V. German Artillery of World War Two. 2nd corrected edition. Mechanicsville, PA: Stackpole Books, 1997 ISBN 1-85367-480-X
  • Jäger, Herbert. German Artillery of World War One. Ramsbury, Marlborough, Wiltshire: Crowood Press, 2001 ISBN 1-86126-403-8

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