10 cm K 17

The 10 cm Kanone 17 (10 cm K 17) was a field gun used by Germany in World War I and World War II.

10 cm K 17
Class Vehicle
Type Towed Artillery
Manufacturer Krupp
Production Period 1917 - 1918
Origin Germany
Country Name Origin Year
Germany 1917
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Austria 1917 1945 View
Germany 1917 1945 View
Romania 1917 1945 View
Sweden 1917 1945 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Krupp 1917 1918 192 View

The range of the 10 cm K 14 was deemed insufficient in combat and Krupp designed a new, longer (L/45) barrel that was mounted on the K 14's carriage. This made the gun too heavy to be transported as a single load; the barrel had to be removed and stowed on its own transport wagon. The ramps visible in the picture (see right), served to guide the barrel transport wagon into position to align the barrel with the recoil system to allow it to be winched into battery. They are fixed in place on this example, but were generally removable.

The K 17 used either a hydro-pneumatic or hydro-spring recoil system, presumably depending on manufacturer.

Type Field gun
Place of origin German Empire
Service history
In service 1917–45
Used by  German Empire
 Nazi Germany
Wars World War I
World War II
Production history
Designer Krupp
Designed 1916
Manufacturer Krupp
Produced 1917–18
Number built 192
Variants 10 cm Kanone 17/04
Weight 3,300 kg (7,275 lbs)
Length 4.725 m (15 ft 6 in)
Barrel length 2.036 m (6 ft 8 in) L/45
Shell separate-loading, cased charge
Caliber 105 mm (4.13 in)
Breech horizontal sliding block
Recoil hydro-pneumatic or hydro-spring variable recoil
Carriage box trail
Elevation -2° to +45°
Muzzle velocity 650 m/s (2,132 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 16,500 m (18,045 yds)

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