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Germany's 10.5cm K18 auf Panzer-Selbstfahrlafette IVa; 10.5cm leFH 18 L/52 auf PzSfl IVa

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Design

The 10.5cm K 18 auf Panzer-Selbstfahrlafette IVa was built on a PzKpfw IV Ausf D chassis.2

Production

  • 10.5cm K18 auf Panzer-Selbstfahrlafette IVa:
    • Production: 19422

Specifications

The 10.5cm K 18 auf Panzer-Selbstfahrlafette IVa was tested on the Eastern Front but was found to not be usable.2

  10.5cm K18 auf Panzer-Selbstfahrlafette IVa
Crew 51,2
Radio FuG51
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 25 tons1,2
Length 7.52 m1
Height 3.25 m1
Width 2.84 m1
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main 105 mm K18 L/521
10cm sFK 182
Secondary  
MG 7.92 mm MG341
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 251
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 50@10°1
Hull Front, Lower 50@12°1
Hull Sides, Upper 20@0°1
Hull Sides, Lower 20@0°1
Hull Rear 20@10°1
Hull Top 12@90°1
Hull Bottom 10@90°1
Superstructure Front 30@14°1
Mantlet: 50@10°1
Superstructure Sides 20@14°1
Superstructure Rear 20@20°1
Superstructure Top Open1,2
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL 120TRM1
Transmission 6 forward, 1 reverse.1
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 40 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 200 km1
Turning Radius 8° left, 8° right.1
Elevation Limits -15° to +10°1
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  2. Profile, AFV Weapons #55, German Self-Propelled Weapons, Peter Chamberlain, H.L. Doyle, 1973
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site