17 cm SK L/40 gun

The 17 cm SK L/40 was a German naval gun that was used in the two World Wars. Originally a naval gun, it was adapted for land service during World War I.

Country Name Origin Year
Germany 1906
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Germany 1906 1945 View

World War I

A number of guns were used as towed artillery and railway guns during World War I.

World War II

Six guns dismounted from obsolete battleships were used as railway guns from 1938 onwards.

Type Naval gun
railway gun
coast defense gun
Place of origin  German Empire
Service history
In service 1906—1945
Used by  German Empire
 Nazi Germany
Wars World War I
World War II
Production history
Designed 1904—06
Weight 10.7 metric tons (10.5 long tons; 11.8 short tons)
Length 6.904 meters (22 ft 7.8 in)
Shell separate-loading, case charge
Shell weight about 62.8 kg (138 lb)
Caliber 172.6 millimeters (6.80 in)
Breech horizontal sliding-wedge
Muzzle velocity 875 m/s (2,870 ft/s)

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