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SURVIVING GUN FILE (# 284)
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Germany

10cm Kanone 17 - 10cm Kanone 17/04

Light artillery

Contributor :
Michel Grenier     
     
     
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Plaines d'Abrahams
Coordinates : Lat : 46.79940 / Long : -71.21920
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Identical items in the same location : 1
Items covered by this file : 1

The long tube of that late version exploded : servants sabotage ?

Another view with a better lighting


Historic and technical information
Denomination :     10cm K 17 Origin :       ( Krupp)          

Historic context :

Satisfied with the previous 10cm K 04 and 10cm K 14 guns, the German Army require an even longer range, that is to say an even longer tube, that must be increased from 35 to 45 calibres.

As a consequence, the corresponding weight increase is enough to bring the resulting gun in the category of the weapons that cannot be towed by horses in a single piece, despite the efforts to lighten other parts, such as the breech. Therefore, Krupp has to design its new '10 cm K 17' so that it can be dismantled for transportation in two distinct loads, the tube and the carriage.

The resulting gun that appears on the front at the end of 1917 is a very good weapon, even considering its lesser mobility and fire rate. But it is a very sophisticated piece of equipment, whose manufacturing is really complex.

This latter issue was the reason for the design of a last version, the '10 cm K 17 / 04' with considerably simplified aiming systems, recoil system and carriage, and without the useless options designed in the eventuality of an anti-aircraft use. This way, the gun was light enough to be kept in a single piece when towed by horses.

192 such '10 cm K 17' ('K' = Kanone = Gun) were produced by Krupp during the war. 90 were in service in November 1918. It was still in use in WW2.

Technical data :

  • Complete description : 10cm gun M 1917 and M 1917/04
  • Design year : 1917
  • Calibre : 105.20 mm
  • Weight in firing position : 3357 kg for K17 - 3132 kg for K17/04
  • Weight for transportation : two separated loads 2700 and 2800 kg for K17 - one 3800 kg single load for K17/04
  • Tube length in calibres : 45.00 (total tube length)
  • Grooves : 32
  • Projectile weight : 18.75 kg
  • Initial speed : 657 m/s
  • Fire rate :
  • Range : 14100 to 16500 m
  • Elevation range : -2 to +45 degrees
  • Direction range : 6 degrees total range


Sources
  • German Artillery of World War One           Herbert Jager                   Crowood   2001  
  • http://www.lovettartillery.com/      Ralph Lovett                      
  • Das Geraet der Schweren Artillerie vor, in und nach der Weltkrieg       Herman Schirmer                   Bernard und Graefe, Berlin   1937