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10cm Kanone 14

Light artillery

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Location :
Finnish Artillery Museum
Coordinates : Lat : 61.00500 / Long : 24.45780
General comments on this surviving gun :

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One of the few surviving guns of that type is presented in this rich museum.

That specific gun served in the Finnish Army during the second world war. At that time Finland was a IIIrd Reich allied, and probably received some obsolete equipment...

Historic and technical information
Denomination :     10cm K 14 Origin :       ( Krupp)          

Historic context :

In 1911, the APK (German Artillery Test Commission)requires new expectations for an evolution of the 10 cm K 04. Rheinmetall and Krupp both present a gun, and once again it's Krupp who wins with its design in 1914.

This '10 cm K 14' differs a lot from the 1904 previous gun. An elongated tube (35 calibres instead of 30), a modified recoil system, a new breech, a firing platform to allow a rapid direction aiming upon 360 degres, and two separate elevation aiming systems, one for the flat trajectories, and the other one for the indirect fire. Finally, a shield is now protecting the crew, very welcome against the counter-battery shelling.

As a consequence of the longer tube, the K04 range performance was kept but with a heavier shell. This 10cm K 14 prooved to be an excellent weapon on the battlefields, polyvalent but more and more specialised in the counter-battery fire. On the other hand, the expectations of getting this weapon abilities in anti-aircraft fire were never met.

724 such guns '10 cm K 14' ('K' = Kanone = Gun) were manudactured by Krupp during the war. 368 were still in service in November 1918. This gun was still in use in the IIIrd Reich armies during WW2.

Technical data :

  • Complete description : 10cm gun M 1914
  • Design year : 1914
  • Calibre : 105.20 mm
  • Weight in firing position : 2820 kg
  • Weight for transportation : 3530 kg - single load
  • Tube length in calibres : 35.00 (total tube length)
  • Grooves : 32
  • Projectile weight : 16 a 18.75 kg
  • Initial speed : 583 to 585 m/s
  • Fire rate :
  • Range : 11400 to 13100 m
  • Elevation range : -5 to +45 degrees
  • Direction range : 6 degrees total range

  • 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