7.7 cm Infanteriegeschütz L/27

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7.7 cm Infanteriegeschütz L/27
Type Infantry gun
Place of origin German Empire
Service history
In service 1917-1918
Used by German Empire
Wars World War I
Production history
Designer Krupp
Manufacturer Krupp
Specifications
Weight 845 kg (1,863 lb)
Barrel length 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) L/27

Shell 6.85 kg (15 lb 2 oz)
Caliber 77 mm (3.03 in)
Breech Horizontal sliding-wedge
Carriage Box trail
Elevation -15° to +12°
Traverse
Muzzle velocity approx 400 m/s (1,312 ft/s)
Effective firing range 4,600 m (5,000 yd)
Maximum firing range 7,800 m (8,500 yd)
(trail dug in)

The 7.7 cm Infanteriegeschütz L/27 was an infantry gun used by Germany in World War I. It was intended to replace the 7.7 cm Infanteriegeschütz L/20, but only saw limited service.

It was another variant of the 7.7 cm FK 96 n.A. using the tube, breech and carriage of the older gun. The carriage was modified with smaller wheels set closer together and lacked the crew seats and lower part of the shield, it was transported in two loads.

Only enough guns for eighteen batteries had been ordered and delivered in the Spring of 1917 as the Germans continued their search for the ideal infantry gun by ordering the Austrian Skoda 7.5 cm Gebirgskanone 15.

References[edit]

  • Jäger, Herbert. German Artillery of World War One. Ramsbury, Marlborough, Wiltshire: Crowood Press, 2001 ISBN 1-86126-403-8