10.5 cm Leichtgeschutz 40

The 10.5 cm Leichgeschütz 40, also called the LG 40, was a German recoilless gun used during World War II. It was manufactured by Krupp.

10.5 cm Leichtgeschutz 40
Class Vehicle
Type Towed Artillery
Manufacturer Krupp
Production Period 1942 - 1944
Origin Germany
Country Name Origin Year
Germany 1942
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Germany 1942 1945 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Krupp 1942 1944 View

After the success of Rheinmetall's 7.5 cm LG 40 during the Battle of Crete in 1941, the Germans were spurred to continue development of recoilless guns in larger calibres. Both Krupp and competitor Rheinmetall developed guns in 10.5 cm, but the LG 40 got into service first.

Both 105 mm recoilless guns, unlike the 75 mm LG 40, equipped independent artillery batteries and battalions. These include Batteries 423–426, 429, 433, and 443, most of which were later incorporated into Leichtgeschütze-Abt. (Light Gun Battalion) 423 and 424. These units served in both the Arctic under 20th Mountain Army and in central Russia under Heeresgruppe Mitte (Army Group Center).

Type Recoilless gun
Place of origin Nazi Germany
Service history
In service 1942–45
Used by Nazi Germany
Wars World War II
Production history
Manufacturer Krupp
Produced 1942–44
Variants LG 40-1, LG 40-2
Weight 388 kg (855 lbs)
Length 1.902 m (6 ft 3 in)
Barrel length 1.38 m (4 ft 6 in) L/13
Shell 105×155 mm. R
Caliber 105 mm (4.13 in)
Breech side opening
Elevation - 15° to + 40° 30'
Traverse 80°
Muzzle velocity 335 m/s (1,099 ft/s)
Effective firing range 7,950 m (8,695 yds)

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