The 17 cm Kanone 18 was a 170mm-caliber heavy cannon used by the German Army during World War II. It was designed and built by Krupp and Hanomag, entering service by mid 1941. This 170mm gun saw action in both the Eastern and Western Fronts theaters of operations, being used during the Siege of Leningrad (1942), the Battle of Kursk 1943, and on the Battle of the Bulge (1944). The 17 cm Kanone 18 was an effective and reliable weapon. With an 8.10m-long barrel, it had a maximum range of 30 km (20miles) and a muzzle velocity of 927 m/s. Operated by a crew of 8 well-trained men, the 17 cm Kanone had a rate of fire of one round each five minutes.

Specifications

Type: heavy gun
country of origin: Germany
Manufacturers: Krupp, Hanomag
Caliber: 170mm
Barrel length: 8.10 m
Weight: 17.5 metric tons (38,600lbs)
Recoil: double hydro-pneumatic
Breech: horizontal block
Elevation: from -6º to +50º
Maximum range: 30 km

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