10.5 cm SK L/40 naval gun

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.

10.5 cm SK L/40
A gun salvaged from the light cruiser Königsberg and mounted on the gunboat SS Graf von Götzen on Lake Tanganyika
TypeNaval gun
Place of originGerman Empire
Service history
In service1900—1945
Used byGerman Empire
Weimar Republic
Nazi Germany
WarsWorld War I
World War II
Production history
Designedabout 1898–1900
Mass1,555 kilograms (3,428 lb)
Length4.475 meters (14 ft 8.2 in)

ShellFixed Brass Casing:
105 millimetres (4.1 in)
x 656 millimetres (25.8 in)
Shell weight16–17.4 kilograms (35–38 lb)
Caliber105 millimeters (4.1 in)
Breechhorizontal sliding-block
Elevation-10° to +30°
Rate of fire15 RPM
Muzzle velocity690 m/s (2,300 ft/s)
Maximum firing range12,200 metres (13,300 yd) at 30°


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.

Surviving examples

See also


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-07-02. Retrieved 2018-11-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)



  • 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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