Krupp 105mm field howitzer M. 1912

 

 

 

 

Bulgarian designation :

105-мм гаубица Д-14 “Круп”

Romanian designation :

Obuzierul Krupp, calibrul 105 mm, model 1912

German designation :

10.5cm Haubitze M. 12

Calibre :

105mm L/14

Weight of the barrel :

388 kg

Weight of breech mechanism :

52 kg

Weight in action :

1150 kg

Weight in marching order :

1820 kg

Length of the whole howitzer :

4.650 m

Barrel length :

1.470 m

Number of barrel grooves :

32

Shield height:

1.7 m

Battering charge :

1st charge : 155 g

5th charge : 350 g

            Romanian ammunition

 

H.E. Shell :

14 kg – charge : 2.8 kg Trotyl

H.E. Shrapnel weight :

14 kg – charge : 300 kg Trotyl

400 bullets x 13 g

            German ammunition

 

Shell

weight :

15.7 kg – charge : 900 g Trotyl

max. range :

6500 m

Mine shell

weight :

15.7 kg – charge : 2 kg Trotyl

max. range :

6500 m

H.E. Shell

weight :

15.7 kg – charge : 2.8 kg Trotyl

max. range :

6500 m

Shrapnel

weight :

15.7 kg

fuze :

time and percussion

max. range :

6000 m

Muzzle velocity :

300 m/s (full charge)

173 m/s (lower charge)

Elevation :

+ 43° / - 5°

Traversing angle :

Transport :

drawn by six horses

Ammunition :

limber – 24 shells

Remarks :

Quick firing light field howitzer, with recoil system with hydraulic buffer and springs, single-motion wedge breech mechanism, traverse on pivot. It was equipped with the “Ghenea” pedestal sight, used for direct and indirect laying. It was not fitted for an independent line of sight.

 

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