38 cm SK C/34 naval gun

The 38 cm SK C/34 naval gun was developed by Germany mid to late 1930s. It armed the Bismarck-class battleships and was planned as the armament of the O-class battle-cruisers and the re-armed Scharnhorst-class battleships. Six twin-gun mountings were also sold to the Soviet Union and it was planned to use them on the Kronshtadt-class battlecruisers, however they were never delivered. Spare guns were used as coastal artillery in Denmark, Norway and France. One gun is currently on display at Møvig Fortress outside Kristiansand.

38 cm SK C/34 naval gun
Class Vehicle
Type Towed Artillery
Manufacturer Krupp
Production Period 1936 - 1939
Origin Germany
Country Name Origin Year
Germany 1940
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Germany 1940 1945 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Krupp 1936 1939 View

Type naval, railroad and coast defense gun
Place of origin Germany
Service history
In service 1940–45
Used by Nazi Germany
Wars World War II
Production history
Designer Krupp
Designed 1936—39
Manufacturer Krupp
Weight 111 tonnes (109 long tons; 122 short tons)
Length 19.63 m (64 ft 5 in)
Barrel length 18.405 m (60 ft 4.6 in) L/48
Shell separate-loading, case charge
Caliber 380 millimetres (15 in)
Breech horizontal sliding block
Recoil hydro-pneumatic
Elevation -5.5° to +30°
Traverse up to 360°
Rate of fire 2.5 rpm
Muzzle velocity 820 m/s (2,700 ft/s)
Effective firing range 36.5 km (22.7 mi) with 800 kg (1,800 lb) shell at 30° elev.

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